Explore the past

  • First Steps in House History

    These 1 hour introductions will guide you round the most useful local or house history resources we hold on the Explore the Past floor and give you some tips on getting started. The sessions take up to 5 people and are £5 per person.

    Thursdays, 10 to 11am, 3 May, 7 June and 2 August.

    £6 per person 

  • First Steps in Family History

    These 1 hour introductions will guide you round the most useful family history resources we hold on the Explore the Past floor and give you some tips on getting started. The sessions take up to 5 people. 

    Thursdays, 11.30am to 12.30pm, 3 May, 7 June and 2 August.

    £6.00 per person

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  • WWI Talk - Thu, 17 May

    Dr Adrian Gregson, Collections Manager for Worcs Archive & Archaeology Service, will talk about his new book about a territorial battalion during WWI. He's look at the experiences of King's Liverpool and West Lancashire Division in the First World War, which was similar to many other battalions during the war.

    Thursday, 17 May - 6pm to 8pm

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  • Explore Archives - Photographs - Wed, 30 May

    We have over 100,000 photos of the county covering the past 120+ years. What sort of images do we have, and how can you search for and access them? Come along and find out.

    Wednesday 30 May, 2 to 4pm.

    £6 per person.

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  • Edith Cavell and the Unknown Warrior Railway Carriage on the Severn Valley Railway - Wed, 06 June Thu, 14 June 2018

    Join us for a unique opportunity to see the carriage that brought Edith Cavell and later the Unknown Warrior back to England after the First World War, on loan from the Kent and East Sussex Railway.  

    Experience a ride on a steam train, a tour of the Cavell Van, a visit to Highley Engine House and Museum, talks on the First World War, and the Cavell legacy, and Q&A with experts in their field £25 with buffet lunch, £20 concessions. 

    Exclusive guided visit and talks 6th June and 14th June 2018 

    Cost £25 or £20 concession.  

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  • Explore Archives - Quarter Sessions - Wed, 20 June

    A combination of a court and a forerunner of the County Council, these records contain many fascinating stories about Worcestershire people (such as duck and acorn thieves) but are often underused.

    Wednesday 20 June 2 to 4pm.

    £6 per person

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  • Battle of Worcester Society Civil War Night - Thu, 12 July

    The Home Front: Faced with unfamiliar challengers during the Civil War, women were forced to take on new roles – from defending family home to battle bureaucracy. Anne Laurence explores the travails of a range of women struggling to make ends meet in a time of conflict.

    Thursday 12 July, 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

    Tickets cost £5 for BOWS members, £7 for guests and £3 for students.

    Pay at the door on the night or buy tickets in advance from The Commandery, Sidbury, Worcester, WR1 2HU

  • Behind the Scenes Tour - Mon, 16 July

    Come with us on a behind the scenes tour to see the places you don't normally get to see, have a look at some of the stand-out items in the archives, see the conservation studio and handle archaeological items we've found.

    Monday 16 July, 2pm to 3.30pm

    Cost £6

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