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Archive

Posts from July 2018


  • 27th July 2018
Why researching your family history has never been so easy

Are you interested in researching your family history, but aren’t sure where to start? What resources are available to you? What do they cover? How do they work? And how can you access them?   You’ll find the answers to these questions, and more, in our information-packed  Discover Your Past guide. Industry first   The...

  • 24th July 2018
The Charles Archive: Church Towers

This is the seventh in a series of blog posts celebrating the life and work of timber-frame building specialists FWB ‘Freddie’ and Mary Charles. Funded by Historic England, the ‘Charles Archive’ project aims to digitise and make more accessible the Charles Archive collection. Inspired by material found within the Charles Archive this blog explores the...

  • 20th July 2018
Ice Age Talks

We’ve an exciting series of talks to coincide with the Ice Age exhibitions in The Hive & Worcester Art Gallery and Museum. We’ve been thrilled at seeing how many people have come to see the exhibitions, coming face to face with a replica mammoth and real mammoth bones, entering an ice age shelter and walking...

  • 19th July 2018
Broadway walk leaflet launched

  Take an archaeological walk around Broadway! Our walk leaflet, commissioned by Cllr Liz Eyre, is now freely available to pick up from Broadway Museum & Art Gallery, tourist information, Broadway Tower and a host of other venue in and around Broadway. The circular walk begins from the Museum & Art Gallery on the High...

  • 17th July 2018
The Cold War

Last week Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service hosted Jack Booth, a student placement from Abbey Grange C of E Academy, Leeds. Jack, who is hoping to study Modern History at University, spent a week with the Service and as part of his experience wrote this fantastic blog exploring the changing character of Cold War infrastructure...

  • 11th July 2018
Behind the Scenes Tour

Want to look behind the scenes of the Archive & Archaeology Service and see some of the highlights of our collections? We’re running one of our popular tours on Monday afternoon. Everyone is intrigued to see places they don’t usually get to see beyond the ‘staff only’ doors, and we will take you beyond those,...

  • 9th July 2018
The Charles Archive: The Plough Inn – The one that got away

This is the sixth in a series of blog posts celebrating the life and work of timber-frame building specialists FWB ‘Freddie’ and Mary Charles. Funded by Historic England, the ‘Charles Archive’ project aims to digitise and make more accessible the Charles Archive collection. In this piece we will be looking at a building that no...

  • 3rd July 2018
Find of the Month – June 2018

  What to pick this month? June began by finding a mammoth tusk, which is now on display at Worcester City Museum & Art Gallery (as it turned up just in time for our Ice Age exhibition). We also found a mysterious decorated ceramic object in Worcester, but this remains a mystery that no one’s...

  • 2nd July 2018
County Farms & Smallholdings

  The 20th century was a period of rapid industrial, economic, social, cultural and technological change. These changes, often driven and most certainly overshadowed by war, transformed the English landscape, adding another layer of complexity to England’s long history of re-invention. Many people, through the experiences of their parents and grandparents, feel a deep connection...