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    Posts from September 2016

    • 29th September 2016

    The 29th September marks the Feast of St Michael and All Angels, often shortened to Michaelmas. In the liturgical year of the Church it celebrates the Archangel. It is a popular dedication to parish churches, including Salwarpe, Stoke Prior, Cropthorne, Great Comberton, Tenbury and in Worcester the church which stood next to the Cathedral. St...

    • 27th September 2016
    Worcestershire Archaeology Day School 2016

    Our popular Archaeology Day School will be held this year on Saturday 19th November at the University of Worcester. Once again we will have a range of talks on archaeological topics from both our staff and guests. Talks will include Fascinating Finds Portable Antiquities Scheme in Worcestershire Roman & Saxon Kempsey in two recent digs...

    • 24th September 2016
    Statue of Queen Victoria – letter from a prospective artist

    Statue of Queen Victoria in 1950 Image taken from the Worcestershire Photographic Survey, register no. 456 Are you enjoying the ITV series Victoria? Queen Victoria’s long reign was celebrated across the country in many ways including statues in many towns and cities. In Worcester there is a statue of Queen Victoria outside Shire Hall (now...

    • 21st September 2016
    All change at Explore the Past!

    It has been four years since Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service opened at The Hive, and during that time we have been monitoring use of the service and receiving lots of feedback.  The result of this is that Level 2 of The Hive will be changing soon…  The main change is that the public Archaeology...

    • 7th September 2016
    Police Charge Book Concealing Ladies Corsets

    One of the unexpected surprises in my work as Book and Paper Conservator at The Hive is revealing hidden materials that have been used in the construction of bound volumes. Termed ‘Printer’s Waste’ this material forms part of a long tradition of bookbinders using material to hand when a book is constructed.  The process can...

    • 3rd September 2016
    WWI Letters – Readings by Drama Students

    Look within the many records held by Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology Service and you will find a number of collections of letters dating from the First World War. Our service has used these letters in a variety of ways in the centenary events we have been involved in recently, which are part of the Worcestershire...