Posts from March 2021

  • 24th March 2021
Redditch Military Service Tribunal – Case Study: Soldier George Irish

Private George Fredrick Irish (27465) 14th Gloucestershire Regiment (1891- 1916) George was born in 1891, according to the Census, in Redditch to Joseph and Elizabeth Irish, he had an older brother John, and a sister Alice. Joseph Irish was a labourer; his father, Joseph Irish, had been a Blacksmith on Church Green in 1875. George’s mother...

  • 18th March 2021
The National Archives Helps To Preserve Cricket Archives

We are delighted to announce that The National Archives have awarded us £3,000 towards collecting and conserving important archives from Worcestershire County Cricket Club, as part of their Covid Recovery Funding. Worcestershire County Cricket Club is an important part of our county’s heritage. Based a short distance from The Hive, it has been a focal...

  • 15th March 2021

With the 2021 census due for completing on Sunday 21st March, we thought we would take a closer look at the census through the years. What is the census?   The census was the brainchild of statistician John Rickman. He originally gave twelve reasons census information should be collected, including to find the number of...

  • 12th March 2021
The Bromsgrovian botanist who earnt His ‘Majesty’s admiration’

A discovery in our archive reveals how a local scientist contributed not only to popularising horticulture in the 19th century but significantly during his life to the people and town of Bromsgrove. In fact, held in such high esteem, he later earnt his ‘Majesty’s admiration’ from the King of Prussia.

  • 8th March 2021
Unsung Stories of Helping Hands

  Hidden and often forgotten, yet crucial. This is the story of many women who worked on market gardens in the Vale of Evesham – women who helped feed the nation and support their families. Small plots growing fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers for national markets covered the southeast corner of Worcestershire during the 19th...