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  • 19th July 2019
Peace Day – 19 July 1919

19th July is the 100th anniversary of Peace Day, which was declared a bank holiday in Britain by a committee chaired by then Foreign Secretary, Lord Curzon. Although 11 November 1918 saw the end of fighting, the Treaty of Versailles was signed in June (which is why many war memorials have 1914-19 on them). A...

  • 15th July 2019
St Swithun’s Church, Worcester

It is St Swithun’s day today. Most people associate today with the legend that whatever the weather is on 15th July it will remain the same for 40 days, based on the legend of what happened when St Swithun’s bones were moved inside Winchester Cathedral. In Worcester we have a church named after St Swithun,...

  • 2nd July 2019
Launch of Archaeology Resource for Schools

Today (2 July) our archaeology education pack for the Foresters’ Forest HLF project is being launched at Five Acres. The Foresters’ Forest project is managed by Forestry England and is looking at the history and heritage of the Forest of Dean through 37 projects. We have been commissioned to run the archaeology and heritage strand...

  • 26th June 2019
Hidden Histories – event on Sat 29 June

On Saturday come and have a tour of Worcester experiencing art inspired by local history. Over the past month we have been helping the Hidden Histories project by taking local groups on tours of the archives and by proving copies of maps, photos and other documents about the history of Worcester, such as the gloving...

  • 13th June 2019
School Records Workshop

The last in our Exploring Archives series looks at schools records, and takes place Wed 26 June 2-4pm. People are fascinated by these, whether they relate to a school you attended, looking for your ancestors, investigating your local school or generally just delving into the archives looking for stories. We’ll have examples of the some...

  • 12th June 2019
Market Gardening Heritage Project – 1933 Letters by Schoolchildren

As part of the Market Gardening Heritage project, we’re drawing information from various sources to uncover the lives and stories of market gardening, which was vital to the Vale of Evesham throughout much of the 19th and 20th centuries. Alongside recording local memories and investigating the buildings constructed by growers on their grounds (locally called...

  • 6th June 2019
Remembering D-Day

This week events are taking place in the UK and across in France to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings, considered to be the largest seaborne invasion in history. Some of the people involved were interviewed 20 years as part of our Second World war oral history project.   Bad weather and secrecy The...

  • 5th June 2019
Market Gardening Heritage Project : Transportation research

As part of the Market Garden Heritage project volunteers have started researching different aspects of market gardening, particularly specific parishes or topics. One topic we are interested in is transportation. We know from a previous project about orchard heritage that there was a major logistical infrastructure to move produce from the farms to the cities...

  • 1st June 2019
Volunteer Week – Conservation

Volunteers contributed 3281 hours (444 days!) last year across the service and provide fantastic help in many different ways. Some have been volunteering with us longer than we can remember and we appreciate them so much. In most cases they are doing ‘value added’ work which we would not be able to do otherwise as part...

  • 31st May 2019
Can you help us solve a mystery?

We have recently received an interesting deposit and would love to find out more about the owner and whether any of his family are still in the area.   Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service have recently received a 1941 Italian copy of Pinocchio from the Fondazione Nazionale Carlo Collodi  that originally belonged to  Doctor Arthur...