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  • 19th August 2019
Illustrating Archaeological Finds

There is currently a fascinating collection of pottery out on a table in one of our offices, being worked on by one of our illustrators, which is causing colleagues to pause as they walk past. However much we’re used to seeing archaeological finds we are still attracted to a display of nice pottery. As we...

  • 16th August 2019
Worcestershire Archaeology Day 2019 – Saturday 26th October

Our Archaeology Day is one of our annual highlights, as we feature different archaeological projects. We are pleased to be able to announce the first details for this year’s event so you can put it in your diary. Talks currently planned include: Two current Worcestershire sites we’re working on (we are finalising which ones) Fascinating...

  • 15th August 2019
50 Years of Worcestershire County Council Archaeology

It is 50 years since Worcestershire County Council appointed an Archaeological Field Officer, James Bond, taking on responsible for aspects of archaeology in the county. At first linked to Worcestershire Museum at Hartlebury, this led to the creation of Worcestershire Archaeology, now part of Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology Service. Over the next 12 months we’ll...

  • 13th August 2019
What’s the point? Find of the month – August 2019

It's International Lefthanders Day. Roughly 10% of the world's population are left-hand dominant. But for how long has this been the case? There's plenty of evidence in the archaeological record to suggest that handedness runs deep in our evolutionary history.

  • 8th August 2019
Worcestershire Libraries in the Archives

Books are not only vital for education, but provide much needed recreation and mental well-being for people from all walks of life, and for many the best and easiest means of access is still through their local library. But the ease of access to books we enjoy today was not always the case and that...

  • 5th August 2019
15 Years of Who Do You Think You Are?

Can it really be 15 years since Who Do You Think You Are? hit the screens? Family history has been popular for many years, and TV has tried to use this to create a popular programme for a while, but previous efforts had failed. Partly it is because family history is usually very personal. We...

  • 30th July 2019
An army marches on its stomach

Behind the scenes of the First World War, the Vale of Evesham’s market gardeners toiled away to help feed the nation and British army. Food production was vital to the war effort, but did you know that the First World War was also influential in the rise of market gardening? Feeding into the research currently...

  • 25th July 2019
Droitwich Walking Trail in Print

The Droitwich timber-framed building trail is now available as a printed leaflet to pick up from around the town. Over the past couple of years we’ve shared about the Charles Archive, the incredible collection of maps, plans, photos and notes by timber-frame architects F.W. ‘Freddie’ and Mary Charles. The did a lot of work over...

  • 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,...