Projects

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.

Adding a New Layer: 20th Century Heritage in Worcestershire

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 Century heritage, its conservation, value...

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.

Restoring and Celebrating the Whinfield Slide Collection

Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service, in partnership with Worcester Diocesan Church House Trust, have been awarded £39,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund  to conserve, catalogue and publicise the fascinating lantern slide collection of Arthur Henry Whinfield.

Lost Landscapes of Worcestershire

Celebrating our Ice Age past From woolly mammoths bathing in the River Severn to prehistoric lions hunting the grasslands beneath Bredon Hill, Ice Age life in Worcestershire was diverse and fascinating.  In 2017/18 Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service, in partnership with The Hive and Museums Worcestershire delivered a project to celebrate over half a million...

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...