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  • 30th November 2020
Archive & HER Desk Reopening

With the announcement of Worcestershire being in Tier 2 from Wednesday 2nd December we are reopening the Historic Environment Record desk on Thursday 3rd December, and the Archive Searchroom on Tuesday 8th December. In line with government guidance, a track and trace system has been implemented. Historic Environment Record The Worcestershire Historic Environment Record (HER)...

  • 24th November 2020
Thanks to Mary our long-term volunteer

Last week we said goodbye to our long-term volunteer, Mary who has been assisting in Conservation for 8 years.  Her commitment has been most appreciated and she will be missed.  This blog is dedicated to Mary, to celebrate and recognise her hard work over the years. Rhonda (Conservator): As the sole Conservator for the Worcestershire...

  • 12th November 2020
Adding a New Layer: 20th Century Heritage in Worcestershire – Health and Welfare

Over the past two years Worcestershire’s Historic Environment Record has been working to identify, record and better understand the significance of 20th Century buildings and public places across the County. Many more await discovery and assessment! Funded by Historic England, this project has also aimed to strengthen the public’s awareness and appreciation of ‘everyday’ 20th...

  • 6th November 2020
Still in the field!

The Archaeology Service work on through Introduction During these times of social distancing restrictions since late March 2020, what has happened to our Archaeology Services?  Are they still in the field?  What are they doing?  If they are working, what have we done to make sure they are safe? You can read how some of...

  • 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...