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  • 23rd September 2020
Adding a New Layer: 20th Century Heritage in Worcestershire – Education

Remember your schools? Sites, buildings, structures and features relating to the provision of knowledge and skills are one of the most distinctive and often innovative examples of 20th Century architecture, particularly in terms of how their planning expresses developing ideas about children and society.   Over the past two years Worcestershire’s Historic Environment Record has...

  • 17th September 2020
Celebrating Worcestershire Pride 2020!

It’s been a difficult year with so many significant social and community events cancelled. One important festival that has adapted this year is Worcestershire Pride. This year the celebrations are going virtual! In this blog we look back on records uncovered in the archives and we encourage deposits to represent our LGBT+ community for the...

  • 9th September 2020
Plague in Worcester 1637

When lockdown started in March, Dr Pat Hughes, local historian and regular in the archives, looked into a previous epidemic, the plague of 1637. She probably knows the city archives better than anyone, an even without access to the original documents she still was able to write and send us this fascinating look at what...

  • 8th September 2020
School Resources Autumn 2020

Looking to bring history topics to life with a local slant? We are looking at the coming term and wanted to let you know what we have available to help you with local resources for your history lessons. With the current situation we know that things are very different. Our normal workshops are paused, and...

  • 2nd September 2020
Adding a New Layer: 20th Century Heritage in Worcestershire – Defence

The landscape of Worcestershire, like the landscape of many rural counties, is scattered with the remains of buildings and places associated with World War I and World War II military infrastructure, civil defence and commemoration. From airfields, army camps, military hospitals, munitions factories and prisoner of war camps to anti-invasion defences, air raid shelters, drill...

  • 1st September 2020
Darwin and The Water Cure – Part 2 Darwin, Malvern & Barnacles

Did you know Charles Darwin had links to Malvern? In this three part blog we look at his visits and connections to the water cure using some of the books and information in our collections. Whilst Charles Darwin was undertaking treatment for the water cure, he and his wife Emma explored Malvern and the wider...

  • 27th August 2020
Paying the price – the early days of market gardening

  Starting a new endeavour is rarely easy. Delving into the story of market gardening reveals the challenges faced by the Vale of Evesham’s first growers. These are highlighted by one village’s struggle against high tithe payments – Dr Alan Wadsworth (Worcestershire Farmsteads Project) explores the challenge made against unfair charges in Offenham, just north...

  • 26th August 2020
Can You Help? Photos and Stories wanted

Have you stories and photos which we can add to the archives to help tell the story of the effect of the pandemic here in Worcestershire? In May we launched the Worcestershire Coronavirus Project, in partnership with Museums Worcestershire. It is a significant time for everyone, and it is important that it is recorded for...

  • 20th August 2020
Find of the Month – Historic Wall Paintings

This month we have something a bit different to share with you. Whilst our Find of the Month blogs tend to feature interesting archaeological finds discovered by our field team, we also have staff specialised in recording historic buildings. These projects usually take place when a building of historic interest is refurbished, developed or demolished....