Posts from March 2019

  • 27th March 2019
Volunteers wanted to help with ‘Hidden Histories of Worcester’ Project

We are helping a local arts organisation with an exciting project and we are looking for volunteers to help groups delve into the past in April and May. Equal Vision CIC have been awarded money from Heritage Lottery Fund for “Hidden Histories of Worcester”, a project which aims to help local people to discover real...

  • 21st March 2019
Locally sourced? Recording the farm at Baddesley Clinton

  We recently recorded the farm buildings at Baddesley Clinton, a medieval moated manor site in Warwickshire, now owned and cared for by the National Trust. A close look at the building materials used revealed surprising evidence about where they came from and the people involved in the farm’s construction. Documentary evidence shows that the...

  • 19th March 2019
When Worcester supplied its own Power

The west bank of the River Severn in Worcester has seen enormous change over the past 100 years and, especially in the area around Hylton Road and Tybridge Street, has been the setting for large-scale building demolition and slum clearance. Perhaps most memorable and certainly most imposing of all those buildings was the Worcester Generating...

  • 16th March 2019
Find of the Month – February 2019

  Over 3000 years ago, fingertips were pressed into the damp clay of a large pot, creating a patterned band and dimpling the top. Once dry, it was fired and used before being broken – several large fragments were put into an isolated pit on the gravel ridge east of the River Severn. Prehistoric pots,...

  • 8th March 2019
Juliana la Pottare

Dig a hole in any medieval town or village in England, and you’ll find pottery. On most medieval excavations, potsherds are likely to be the most abundant type of artefact. Popular ideas about medieval crafts such as pot-making are dominated by images of bearded men in dirty aprons, such as this extract from this article...

  • 1st March 2019
Where did cattle come from in Roman Worcester?

An article has just been published which sheds light on the regions from which cattle were brought to Worcester in Roman times. The results, using evidence from bones excavated on the site of The Hive, are in the latest edition of the Journal of Archaeological Science and show how with scientific advances new discoveries can...