Posts from June 2015

  • 30th June 2015
Henry Martin and the Battle of Waterloo

Following on from our previous post about the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo we have come across a letter at the Hive from a soldier who was at the battle. Local man Henry Martin was an officer with the 2nd Battalion 44th Regiment of Foot (East Essex) and seems to have served in...

  • 18th June 2015
Battle of Waterloo 200th Anniversary

Today is the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo and we’ve been looking for documents and sources relating to the famous battle within our collections here at Worcestershire Archives. Here is the story as it was told in the Worcester Herald of 24 June 1815. In the days before TV and radio this was...

  • 15th June 2015
Seeking Liberty and Justice in Medieval Worcestershire: the Magna Carta Connection

To commemorate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, and the 750th anniversary of the Simon de Montfort parliament, we have put together a display of original 13th-century documents on level 2 of The Hive.  This complements the Magna Carta and Parliament exhibition on our Touch Table, which features images from the Parliamentary Archives. For those...

  • 12th June 2015
Worcester and the Black Pear

Worcester and Worcestershire have been associated with the Black Pear for many years, and they can be seen on coats of arms for various organisations such as the County Council and the County Cricket Club. It is said that Worcestershire soldiers had them on their banner at Agincourt, and there is a story that Elizabeth...