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.

  • 14th May 2024
The Body on the Bromyard Line

Explore the story behind the human skeleton found buried within an embankment of the Worcester, Bromyard and Leominster Railway line in 2021, close to Riverlands Farm in Leigh, to the west of Worcester.  Built in the 1860s, the line eventually closed in the 1960s, and by 2021 all that remained was the earthwork of the...

  • 3rd July 2023
Excavating Wolverhampton’s Old Hall

An online exhibition exploring the archaeology of a moated Elizabethan hall turned enamelling factory in Wolverhampton, excavated in 2020-21 at the new City Learning Quarter site.

  • 1st June 2023
History in the Making

Telling Worcester’s stories through art, literature, photography and zine making! History in the Making is a year-long programme of creative activities celebrating Worcestershire’s rich heritage and the voices of underrepresented communities.

  • 10th May 2023
1910 Land Valuation Survey

The Valuation Office Survey of 1910 resulted in the creation of a snapshot of land across the county of Worcestershire, in common with other counties in England, and the associated Valuation Summary books are to be found at the Hive in Worcester. An on-going project is transcribing these books for each civil parish in the...

  • 15th February 2023
The New Jerusalems: post-war New Town archives in Britain and Ireland

About the project Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology Service has secured funding to catalogue and make accessible archives that tell the story of Redditch’s development into a New Town. We will also be cataloguing Cwmbran New Town archives held at Archifau Gwent (Gwent Archives). Funding for the New Jerusalems project has been provided by The Wellcome...

  • 16th June 2022
Roots in Time

A National Lottery and Arts Council funded community project to explore and share the archaeology within a new woodland near Evesham, Worcestershire. Survey of the site had revealed an Iron Age/ Romano-British settlement, trackways and possibly earlier prehistoric activity too. Thanks to the excavation, we now have a window into what really went on, who lived there and when.

  • 14th March 2022
Small Pits, Big Ideas

Unearthing stories of medieval rural Worcestershire through community Big Digs. This National Lottery Heritage Fund project investigated six historic villages during 2021 - 2023. What did we find? Take a look!

  • 8th April 2021
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...

  • 1st July 2020
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...

  • 1st July 2020
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...