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  • 13th May 2021
Titanic: Henry John Spinner – Third-class

Mr. Henry John Spinner (also known as Harry) from Worcester, was a glover travelling in third class on the Titanic to Gloversville, near New York in America, probably to work there. Aged 32, he had been born in 1880 in the Arboretum, Worcester where he had lived with his family before later moving with his...

  • 12th May 2021
Nurse Stocks – International Nurses Day

For International Nurses Day we are looking in brief at the life of a local nurse Laura Stocks (1877-1973) who worked at the Hartlebury VAD Hospital during World War 1. She compiled scrapbooks of photographs, sketches, cartoons and messages of appreciation from the patients at Hartlebury Castle, which are now in the archives in The Hive, and provide an amazing insight into life there. 

  • 8th May 2021
Redditch Tribunal Project: Online Exhibition

We are now pleased to launch our online exhibition of material collected during the Redditch Tribunal project including records from our collections such as the Redditch Military Service Tribunal registers and correspondence as well as census records, local newspapers, and military records.

  • 6th May 2021
Titanic – Samuel Ernest Hemmings – Crew member

Samuel Ernest Hemming, originally from Bromsgrove, was a member of the crew, working as a lamptrimmer on the Titanic. Samuel was one of the first people to realise the ship was sinking after it hit the iceberg. He was rescued on a lifeboat and spoke in the American investigation before returning home to his family...

  • 6th May 2021
Find Of The Month – May 2021 – A fabulous fabricator

A flint tool As you may have seen in our blog post for Find Of The Month – April 2021, fragile finds from the Neolithic/Early Bronze Age include tools formed from flint.  This is about a flint known as a “fabricator”. What we found From one of the quarry sites we are working on, our...

  • 5th May 2021
Adding a New Layer: 20th Century Heritage in Worcestershire – Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Churches, chapels and other places of worship have been central to the lives of communities from the medieval period. Over the course of the last century, however, growing secularism and religious diversity has radically changed the religious landscape. Over the past two years Worcestershire’s Historic Environment Record has been working to identify, record and better understand the...

  • 30th April 2021
Find of the Month – April 2021 – 6000 year old finds show community life

Not just one find of the month! Every year as spring approaches many of our archaeology teams are out working in quarry sites across the region, monitoring the soil-stripping for forthcoming phases of gravel extraction. Large areas of topsoil are stripped, and it is in these sites that we most often discover archaeology and in...

  • 22nd April 2021
Mr and Mrs Weisz – Titanic Passengers & Members of the Bromsgrove Guild of Art

Mr Leopold and Mrs Mathilde Weisz – Second-class Passengers Second class passengers Mr. Leopold Weisz and his wife Mrs. Mathilde Françoise Weisz travelled together on the Titanic, not as tourists, but to emigrate to Canada where Leopold had already been working and intended to continue. Early life According to his gravestone, Leopold Weisz was born...

  • 19th April 2021
Redditch Tribunal Project: Employees and Employers

In this blog we will consider those applicants to the Redditch Military Service Tribunals who we know of as primarily employees, either because they held exemption certificate for the whole of the war due to their jobs, or because we have not located military records. We will also look at who employed them.  We have...