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Posts from August 2015

  • 28th August 2015
Time Travelling with Royal Grammar School Springfield

Last term we were contacted by a teacher from the Royal Grammar School (RGS) Springfield. Their Year 5 pupils were studying the history of Worcester as that term’s topic, using the idea of a Time Travel Agency needing information for a new brochure. The teacher asked us whether we could help, and the answer was...

  • 27th August 2015
Home Front Legacy Day School, 5th September at The Hive

Home Front Legacy is a national project supporting community groups researching local places associated with the Great War for recording the remains of surviving sites, structures and buildings around Britain. On Saturday,  5th September we are hosting a regional training session for the West Midlands. The Home Front Legacy website provides tools, guidance and resources for...

  • 27th August 2015
Evaluating the My Worcester Pop-Up Museum

The pop up museum was a roaring success and the trainees had a lovely time chatting to the public about their placements and the project. Here, Sarah Ganderton our own Skills for the Future trainee assesses what was most popular about the pop-up museum over the weekend. Our sandpits were a big hit with visitors...

  • 21st August 2015
The Worcestershire Yeomanry and Chocolate Hill, 21 August 1915

The Worcestershire Yeomanry took part in one of the final major British offensives of the Gallipoli campaign on 21 August 1915.  They were at Suvla  Bay, initially in reserve, but were then called upon to advance across a dry salt lake to Chocolate Hill and then to push on to take part in an attack...

  • 19th August 2015
Pop in to the Pop-up Museum

After months of planning, researching and worrying, the Skills for the Future Trainees are pleased to announce the pop-up museum is finally ready to open.  Sarah, the trainee based at Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service will be on hand alongside the other 6 trainees to welcome you to the museum, and here she tells you a...

  • 15th August 2015
Remembering V J Day

For many World War II ended with VE Day in May 1945.  For others, such as the 2nd and 7th Battalions of the Worcestershire Regiment serving out in the Far East, the War would not be over until August 1945.  After some days of rumour and speculation the news broke that the Japanese had finally...

  • 13th August 2015
Come and visit the My Worcester Pop-Up Museum at Reindeer Court

Sarah, the Skills for the Future trainee based at Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service, is involved with the other trainees to create a pop-up museum. My Worcester will be a one of a kind pop-up museum celebrating the city’s heritage.  It includes an exhibition and the opportunity to get hands-on with real objects a chance...

  • 11th August 2015
Summer Reading Challenge: The Big Stuff Activity Day at The Hive

What’s the biggest document in the archives? What’s the longest? the oldest? These were some of the questions that we had to find the answers to when we offered to take part in The Big Stuff Activity Day at the Hive as part of this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. We also set ourselves the challenge...

  • 10th August 2015
My Worcester Pop up Museum – meeting the Worcester Belles WI

Sarah is our Skills for the Future trainee on a 15 month placement here at Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service.  She is currently working on a joint project with her fellow trainees. This is a pop-up museum which will be open as part of the Worcester Festival to publicise the collections of Worcester’s museums, archives and historic...