Projects - Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology Service

A showcase of the work we’re involved in

At Explore the Past, we have a great track record of working with partners and community groups to raise funding for exciting projects both in Worcestershire and further afield. You’ll find details of some of the projects we are currently working on below. Be sure to bookmark this page and check in regularly to see what we’ve been getting up to.

Redditch Military Tribunal Project

The Redditch Military Tribunal Project was developed as an additional project to compliment the work of the Worcestershire World War 100 project. This was the largest WWI Commemoration project outside London, and brought together a large groups of partners to deliver events across the county.     The new project, following on, was considered important...

Digital Archive: Mancetter-Hartshill Roman Pottery Kilns

A nationally important archaeological archive is now accessible online due to a 2018-2020 digitisation project by Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology Service (WAAS). The Mancetter-Hartshill excavations investigated one of the largest known industrial complexes in Roman Britain, which was a major pottery production centre for mortaria and other pottery styles.

Adding a New Layer: 20th Century Heritage in Worcestershire

Throughout this two year project, Worcestershire’s Historic Environment Record worked to identify, record and better understand the significance of 20th century buildings and public places across the county. Many more await discovery and assessment! As with any other period, the heritage of the 20th-century, reflects wider social, cultural, economic, political and technological change. These changes...

Worcestershire’s Health Record Project

Worcestershire Archives and Archaeology Service have been awarded an eighteen month grant by the Wellcome Trust to conserve and catalogue a range of archival collections relating to hospitals, health professionals and associated organisations. The project will build on our previous Wellcome funded project cataloguing, digitising and conserving mental health records from Barnsley Hall and Powick...

The Charles Archive

Freddie Charles was an architect and nationally-recognised expert in the conservation and repair of timber-framed buildings. His archive collection is held by us at The Hive and in 2018 Historic England funded a partnership project between WAAS and Worcester City Historic Environment Record to digitise and catalogue the collection and make it available for wider research for the first time.

Market Gardening Heritage

Market gardening shaped the Vale of Evesham's landscape and economy from the 19th to mid-20th century, but due to much of this heritage and knowledge being lost a project is now underway to record, share and celebrate it before it's too late.

Worcestershire World War One Hundred

Commemorating the First World War in Worcestershire Since 2014 cultural and heritage organisations from across Worcestershire, including the Explore the Past team, have come together to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War with an outstanding four-year programme of events and activities under the banner ‘Worcestershire World War One Hundred’. The programme, which...