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  • 24th June 2022
Worcestershire Heritage Day – Sat 16 July

We are pleased to be hosting a Worcestershire Heritage Day on Saturday 16th July, as part of The Hive at Ten events marking 10 years since The Hive opened. To celebrate this milestone, local heritage venues and organisations will be joining us between 10am and 4pm with displays and activities. There’ll be lots to see...

  • 22nd June 2022
Happy Windrush Day 2022

Happy Windrush Day 2022!   This is the fifth national celebration and marks 74 years since the SS Empire Windrush carried the first Caribbean migrants to the UK to help re-build Britain after WWII. Ancestors From Overseas Worcestershire Archive has two books of relevance in our reference library. These provide some useful background information and pointers...

  • 16th June 2022
Market Garden Heritage App

A new app has been launched on the Google Play and Apple Stores about market garden heritage in the Vale of Evesham. It is part of the culmination of the Market Gardening Heritage Project, funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund and led by Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service. The app brings together research and oral...

  • 10th June 2022
Nine Months as a Trainee Archivist

This week marks the last of my archivist traineeship with Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology Service. For the last nine months, the archive team have taken me on as a Trainee Archivist – training me up in all the key aspects of what makes an archive function, and allowed me to discover why archives function, the...

  • 9th June 2022
Our stones, our stories

We are running an after-school Heritage Club with the Jewellery Quarter Cemeteries Project so youngsters from the academy and other schools, can look into the people commemorated and their part in building Birmingham

  • 2nd June 2022
HM The Queen’s Visit to Worcestershire 1957

We look back to The Queen's visit to Worcestershire in 1957. Within the archives we have two boxes of documents and correspondence from the Lord Lieutenant about the arrangements, telling the story behind organising a Royal Visit.

  • 1st June 2022
Gypsy Roma and Traveller History Month 2022

GRT History month has been celebrated in the UK since 2008 with the aim of tackling prejudice, challenging myths and amplifying the voices of Gypsies, Roma and Travellers in wider society. Head to the  Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month 2022 – Friends, Families and Travellers (gypsy-traveller.org) page for information and advice. Gypsy Romany and...

  • 19th May 2022
Henry Usborne’s Prescription for World Peace: A Global Government

Our archivists have recently completed the cataloguing of a large collection originally belonging to Henry Usborne, MP for Birmingham and activist for world peace. His records are fascinating for anyone interested in British post-war politics, international governments, or responses to the threat of Nuclear Armageddon. Henry Charles Usborne [1909-1996] was a Birmingham MP, politician, lobbyist,...