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Archive

Posts from August 2018


  • 31st August 2018
WWI Commemoration Events in September

As we get closer to the centenary of the end of WWI, the final events of Worcestershire World War One Hundred, the countywide commemoration, are taking place this autumn. An exhibition and Drumhead Service are happening in September, which everyone is invited to. Fields of Battle – Lands of Peace 14 – 18 This stunning...

  • 30th August 2018
The Charles Archive: 43-49 St John’s – The one that almost got away

This is the tenth 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 collection.   In some of our previous posts we have explored buildings where Freddie...

  • 22nd August 2018
Family History Events – Autumn 2018

Looking at starting or restarting your family history? In autumn we often get people coming to us asking how to begin tracing their family tree. For some they are looking at starting or restarting now that summer is over, whilst others may have been inspired by conversations, or even as a result of watching the latest...

  • 20th August 2018
The Charles Archive: Dowles Manor House

This is the ninth 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. This post centres on the wall murals at the Manor House...

  • 17th August 2018
Bella in the Wych Elm on Stage

The case of ‘Who Put Bella in the Wych Elm?’ is one that continues to intrigue people 75 years after the remains of a body were discovered by some boys in Hagley Woods. The story has many aspects which ensure it catches the imagination – an unnamed body, a mutilated corpse, possible witchcraft, WWII espionage...

  • 15th August 2018
All Round the World – Magic Lantern Slide Evenings

Last month we took the lantern slides taken by Arthur Henry Whinfield out to two venues to recreate the presentations he used to provide to local people in Worcester over 100 years ago. We’ve shared before on our blog about the project to conserve and digitise  @ 2,000 glass slides taken and collected by the...

  • 9th August 2018
The Charles Archive: Chorley House, Droitwich

This is the eighth 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 blog we look at material related to the now demolished...

  • 7th August 2018
Discovering Lost Landscapes – The William Smith Geology Map

Emma Hancox, Sam Wilson and John France   This summer, as part of the Lost Landscapes project, we are exhibiting a copy of the first geology map of Great Britain, produced in 1815 by William Smith. A private donor is kindly lending us his copy of this rare map for the Ice Age exhibition in...

  • 2nd August 2018
Find of the Month – July 2018

  Ever dropped a plate or mug? Almost everyone has broken crockery at some point, but what did you do then – repair it, or throw it away? This month we found evidence of Roman thriftiness near Evesham: a pot repaired with lead. Yes, you read that correctly. Before the invention of superglue and epoxy...