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  • 30th December 2020
#HeritageAtHome – Family History

Christmas is often a time when people think about family stories and the past, as it’s a time when many of us meet up with or speak to family. This can inspire us to research our family history beyond what is known, and to check out the family stories we’ve heard. This year many of...

  • 23rd December 2020
Adding a New Layer: 20th Century Heritage – Agriculture & Subsistence

From the 1870s British farming faced depression. Caused by a catastrophic fall in grain prices – a consequence of increasingly cheap imports, particularly from America – the British farming industry did not fully recover until after the Second World War. As arable land was laid down to pasture, dairy farming, buoyed by increasing demand in...

  • 18th December 2020
Time Team in Worcestershire

Time Team was a TV phenomenon, making a popular archaeology TV programme watched by 3 million viewers at its peak. Viewers picked up terms like “Geofizz” and learnt about some of the archaeological techniques. Archaeologists found themselves being quizzed by people, when out on jobs, who watched the TV programme and had had their interest...

  • 9th December 2020
Adding a New Layer: 20th Century Heritage in Worcestershire – Industrial and Maritime

Over the past two years Worcestershire’s Historic Environment Record has been working to identify, record and better understand the significance of 20th Century buildings and public places across the County. Many more await discovery and assessment! Funded by Historic England, this project has also aimed to strengthen the public’s awareness and appreciation of ‘everyday’ 20th...

  • 30th November 2020
Archive & HER Desk Reopening

UPDATE 5th January The Original Archive searchroom and HER Desk are currently closed to visitors until further notice after the Government announcement on 4 January. We will continue to answer enquiries online. During this period we will do an hour’s search for the price of 30 mins. Please see our enquires policy for details. Our...

  • 24th November 2020
Thanks to Mary our long-term volunteer

Last week we said goodbye to our long-term volunteer, Mary who has been assisting in Conservation for 8 years.  Her commitment has been most appreciated and she will be missed.  This blog is dedicated to Mary, to celebrate and recognise her hard work over the years. Rhonda (Conservator): As the sole Conservator for the Worcestershire...

  • 12th November 2020
Adding a New Layer: 20th Century Heritage in Worcestershire – Health and Welfare

Over the past two years Worcestershire’s Historic Environment Record has been working to identify, record and better understand the significance of 20th Century buildings and public places across the County. Many more await discovery and assessment! Funded by Historic England, this project has also aimed to strengthen the public’s awareness and appreciation of ‘everyday’ 20th...

  • 6th November 2020
Still in the field!

The Archaeology Service work on through Introduction During these times of social distancing restrictions since late March 2020, what has happened to our Archaeology Services?  Are they still in the field?  What are they doing?  If they are working, what have we done to make sure they are safe? You can read how some of...

  • 31st October 2020
Spooky Archives

Happy Halloween from Explore the Past. We thought we would share with you a spooky document found in the archives. It is intriguingly described in the index as copies of statements of ‘supernatural’ happenings at Prior’s Court, Powick. So we took a closer look to learn more. Back in 1956, a local newspaper article featured...