Our July meeting is a presentation by Anthony Collis. It will be followed by tea and birthday cake to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Society’s first meeting in 1963.
Commences 8pm at St Saviour’s Church Hall, DY9 0NS. Visitors £2, including refreshments. Annual membership £10 (membership year starts 1st October).
This outing follows on from our May 2013 meeting ‘The Work of the Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology Service’ by Paul Hudson.
Our coach leaves Webbs Garden Centre at 10am and picks up at the village car park at 10.05am.
The Hive houses the new County Archive and Archaeology Service. Our 90 minute tour includes the ‘Explore the Past’ floor with the original document and self-service areas and the Historic Environment Record plus a ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the strongrooms, conservation room, archaeological finds and the work of the specialist archaeology staff. This is followed by a lunch of sandwiches, crisps, cakes, tea and coffee at the Elgar Birthplace Museum. A 20 minute video will be followed by free time to explore the Museum. We return to Hagley for about 4pm.
The cost of the trip is £23.50 which includes coach fare, tour, entrance to the Elgar Museum, lunch and tips. Car parking has been arranged at Webbs Garden Centre at a cost of £1 per car, to be collected on the day. Limited to 40 participants. Please contact us if you want to join the visit.
This outing follows on from our March 2013 meeting ‘ Bewdley, a Riverside Town’ by Richard Perrin.
We meet at 2.30pm at the entrance to Dog Lane car park for a 90-minute guided walk round Bewdley led by members of the Civic Society.
During the afternoon we shall visit Clementines Coffee for tea and cake.
The cost is £6 including donation, refreshments and tips. Limited t0 30 participants.
This outing follows on from Pat Green’s Harvington Hall talk at the May Social.
We meet at the Hall at 2pm for a 90-minute guided tour. One of our guides will be Sylvia Beardshaw who has previously spoken to us about Chaddesley Corbett and guided us on walks around the village.
The visit includes tea or coffee and homemade cake.
The cost is £11 which includes entrance fee, guided tour, refreshments and tips.
A Robert Deeley Fund Subsidised Event
The first event held by the Society was a coach trip to Buildwas Abbey on Saturday 28th September 1963. It was repeated 25 years later in July 1988 and now again, after exactly 50 years.
Our coach leaves Webbs Garden Centre at 10.00am and the village car park at 10.05am. First stop is Buildwas Abbey where Eric Greenwood will give us a guided tour. We then move to the Gaskell Arms, Much Wenlock, for a 2-course buffet lunch with tea or coffee.
Afterwards we walk to Wenlock Priory for another guided tour. There will be free time to explore the Museum, Guildhall or tea shops before returning to Hagley for about 5.15pm.
The cost for members of the Society is £23, subsidised from the Robert Deeley Fund, and non-members pay £28. Coach fare, entrance fees, lunch and tips are included. There is a reduction of £5 for members of English Heritage. Car parking has been arranged at Webbs Garden Centre at a cost of £1 per car, to be collected on the day.
At our May meeting Paul Hudson spoke on the Work of the Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service. The focus of his presentation was the new Hive building in Worcester with its staggering twelve miles of shelving containing documents relating to 900 years of Worcestershire history. Central to the work of the Hive is the Historic Environment Record, a searchable database recording all the known archaeological sites, historic buildings and landscapes (around 26,000 of them!) in the County.
Paul had brought examples of documents relating to Hagley and fascinated us with some of the nineteenth century census records, extracts from parish registers, goings-on in the Quarter Sessions and trade directories (a kind of Yellow Pages of the time). We also saw a few local examples from the 80,000 photographs in the Worcestershire Photographic Survey and the thousands more in the archives. Members of the Society have worked with County Archive staff in the past and hope to be involved in the cataloguing of the Lyttelton papers later in the year. We are following up Paul’s riveting presentation with a visit to the Hive in June and will enjoy a ‘behind the scenes’ look.
This year sees the Society’s 50th anniversary. Look out for details of special events.
Click on the picture to the left to read a 12 page booklet of some memories of the Society published in 1988 to celebrate the first 25 years.