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  • 21st December 2018
Kays at Christmas, 1973

Christmas 1973 was the Christmas of Merry Christmas Everybody by Slade, and Wizzard’s I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday, with Slade taking the No.1 spot. Other festive records were Gaudete by Steeleye Span and Step Into Christmas by Elton John at 26. But what were people buying? After visiting the Kays catalogues of the...

  • 19th December 2018
Archive Research Opportunities for River Severn Project

** Please note that on 9 Jan we reached our number of volunteers. However Lucy has a waiting list for if anyone drops out**   Would you like to help with research about the River Severn for a major project? Would you like to find out more about using archives? As part of the Unlocking...

  • 18th December 2018
The Charles Archive: Controversial Conservation at The Commandery

This is the nineteenth in a series of blog posts celebrating the life and work of timber-frame building specialists FWB ‘Freddie’ and Mary Charles. Funded by Historic England, the ‘Charles Archive’ project aims to digitise and make more accessible the Charles collection. The story of The Commandery restoration is rather protracted, one which involves plunging...

  • 16th December 2018
Win-Win Collaboration between WAAS Conservation and George Marshall Medical Museum

Rhonda, our Conservator, has recently finished working on a Surgeons Case Book from 1870, belonging to the George Marshall Medical Museum which we hope will be the first of many in collaboration with museum curator, Louise Price. Louise has recently set up an ‘Adopt a Book’ scheme encouraging supporters to contribute to the cost of conservation...

  • 15th December 2018
Give the gift of family history this Christmas

Our Explore the Past guide really is the perfect stocking filler. And, at 70 pages long, it’s packed full of insight on how you can start researching your past – it really is the gift that keeps on giving! If you’re searching for something unique to buy your nearest and dearest, or even your colleagues,...

  • 13th December 2018
A visit from a family history detective

  People visit the Archive Service for many different reasons. We have academic researchers, local history researchers, those looking to settle legal disputes through evidence found and, of course, family history researchers. There are many different motivations for looking into one’s family history, and recently we had the pleasure of assisting a researcher with a...

  • 12th December 2018
Archive Recipe Book

Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service has produced a recipe booklet from documents found with its collections. The book is available to buy from Level 2 of The Hive for £4.95 The idea to produce a recipe books began some time ago when, as so often happens, someone found something funny or interesting held within the...

  • 11th December 2018
Will With Pins

Our collection of over 1000 boxes of Wills, Inventories, letters of Administration and other papers relating to probates granted in the Consistory Court of the Bishop of Worcester and the Worcester Probate Registry provide a fascinating insight into the lives of Worcestershire residents. Dating from 1493 to 1857, the collection was deposited at the Worcester...

  • 7th December 2018
Caring for Your Documents

In October I held a ‘Caring for your Documents’ workshop where people brought along their precious letters, certificates and documents from their own family archive.  We talked about the need to protect and preserve these items, and the best ways to go about cleaning and displaying them, as well as the need to store them...