Posts from October 2020

  • 31st October 2020
Spooky Archives

Happy Halloween from Explore the Past. We thought we would share with you a spooky document found in the archives. It is intriguingly described in the index as copies of statements of ‘supernatural’ happenings at Prior’s Court, Powick. So we took a closer look to learn more. Back in 1956, a local newspaper article featured...

  • 30th October 2020
A Real Ghost Story

Halloween – a good time for ghost stories but a chance encounter at the Hive showed that one such story was true! Generations of Bishampton children have been scared/delighted by the story of Old Buckle, the Headless Horseman, who roamed the road between Throckmorton and Bishampton.  A chance encounter at the Hive shone light onto...

  • 27th October 2020
Pipe Roll Acquired

Although we weren’t in The Hive for a couple of months our archives were still expanding. A new addition was a Pipe Roll, which contains a list of money collected on behalf of the Government in 1792. Pipe Rolls are dramatic documents, consisting of sheets sewn together so are very, very long, and when rolled...

  • 20th October 2020
Historic Environment Record Desk Reopening

The Worcestershire Historic Environment Record (HER) Public Desk will be reopening from Thursday 3rd December. To allow for social distancing measures, the desk will be operating on an appointment only basis between 10:30 and 13:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Worcestershire HER is the County’s primary record for archaeological and historic environment information, holding over...

  • 12th October 2020
Black History Month – Black Presence in Worcestershire

For several years Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology Service has been collecting references to Black people living in Worcestershire. The county today has 5% of the population who are non-white, but there has been a Black presence for at least 400 years, which can surprise people. It may be longer, and there will be far more...

  • 2nd October 2020
We learn about knapping on the job. Find of the month – June 2020

Look what we found Our archaeology unit was digging in a really small sub-urban area surrounded by agricultural lands in the south of Worcestershire when a sharp-eyed field archaeologist spotted an incredible find …an ancient piece worked flint. You might think that finding a flint shard is not that uncommon and on some sites that...