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  • 16th November 2019
The WWI Letters of Bert Clements – part 2

We continue resharing the letters of Gunner Bert Clements, read by Naomi Taylor. They are a collection of letters sent home from the trenches by Bert, and which were later deposited in the archives. They give the insights of one soldier out of millions who served in the war. We originally put them out over...

  • 11th November 2019
The First Remembrance Day

As we prepare to mark Remembrance Day, 100 years after the first one, we thought we’d share this clip from an interview with Winifred Barber. In it she recalls the very first Remembrance Day, when she went into Birmingham to join many others in marking the day on 11th November 1919. The interview recently came...

  • 9th November 2019
The WWI Letters of Bert Clements – part 1

Over the last few year we have shared the letters of Gilbert Clements through readings by Naomi Taylor. This was part of Worcestershire World War One Hundred project. The readings were aimed at making these letters more accessible by making them sharable on social media and for people to be able to listen to them....

  • 7th November 2019
Archaeology 50: Malcolm Cooper

I joined Hereford and Worcester County Council to work for the talented archaeologist, Charles Mundy, on the Deansway urban excavations which were about to commence in central Worcester. I subsequently was to inherit a vibrant and successful service from Adrian Tindall. He, Simon Woodiwiss (the unit manager) and Hilary White (the SMR officer), made a...

  • 28th October 2019
Save Our Sounds!

Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service has recently sent its first batch of sound recordings off to be digitised as part of the ‘Unlocking our Sound Heritage’ preservation and access strand of the national ‘Save our Sounds’ project. What is ‘Save our Sounds’ about? Professional consensus is that we have about 15 years in which to...

  • 25th October 2019
The Charles Archive: Stupendous Slides

Thanks to grant funding from Historic England and the Vernacular Architecture Group (VAG) over 2000 slides and photographic negatives from the Charles Archive collection, have now been digitised. Like much of the original archive, recently catalogued and digitised by Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology Service, these slides will be deposited with the Archaeology Data Service (ADS), to...

  • 24th October 2019
Archaeology 50: Adrian Tindall

Our 4th County Archaeologist was Adrian Tindall, who shares these memories. The River Severn was frozen over when I first arrived in Worcester in Christmas 1986. Shivering by an electric fire in Henwick Park lodge, with the water pipes frozen, in an unfamiliar city, I briefly doubted my decision to leave my young family temporarily...

  • 21st October 2019
Find of the Month – October 2019

Our Find of the Month is a Roman pot with a chequered past, discovered at Ruardean Hill in the Forest of Dean during a recent Foresters’ Forest community excavation. We were investigating a rectangular earthwork which had been identified using LiDAR. It’s one of 1700 potential archaeological sites being investigated over the 5 year course...

  • 20th October 2019
Market Gardening Heritage: David Tower, Pershore Plums from Pershore

This leaflet, which was recently passed to us, has revealed a fascinating story. It is an advert by David Eric Tower of The Hill, Pershore, who offers Pershore plums from Pershore. However looking into his story he doesn’t seem your typical market gardener, being an Oxbridge graduate with some private wealth behind him.   He...

  • 17th October 2019
Worcester Woods Country Park 40th Anniversary History Project

Today we are pleased to feature a guest post from Tanya Feasey, Assistant Countryside Sites Officer, who is running variety of activities including some oral history interviewing to mark 40 years of Worcester Woods Country Park. We’ve been supporting the project, giving expert advice and running a workshop for volunteers to help them. They’ve also...