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Heritage and Local History

One of the projects we’re most excited to be involved in right now is ‘A Heritage Corridor for North Worcestershire’, the long-term aim of which is to create a series of digital and physical trails, connecting the area’s fantastic historical assets and promoting them much more widely.

You can read more about the project here

As such, this week we’re highlighting some of our amazing local heritage – with many thanks to Pat Tansell and Jo Slade, who in their capacity as Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Bromsgrove Society has put together the fantastic set of resources below.

We hope you enjoy them – and would love to hear about and share your favourite Bromsgrove heritage sites, traditions and historical facts. You can e-mail these to stewart.sanderson@bromsgroveandredditch.gov.uk.

The Bromsgrove Society established in 1980

On Wednesday 13th May 2020, the Bromsgrove Society Celebrated its 40th Anniversary. Born out of growing public concern for several centuries old and well-loved buildings that were falling into disrepair and facing the threat of demolition in the late 1970s, the Bromsgrove Society was formed at a public meeting on Tuesday 13th May 1980.

The Bromsgrove Society, whose motto is Pride, Preservation, Progress, is a local history and civic society for the district.

You can find more details on the inaugural meeting here

Over the last 40 years the Bromsgrove Society has continued to promote an interest in local history and works hard to ensure the built environment and character of the town and district is preserved, keeping an eye on planning applications and supporting like-minded initiatives within Bromsgrove.

The Society's 500+ members and others who are interested in the local area, are encouraged to attend activities including the series of monthly talks, an Annual Lecture, a three-day Summer School and other events. The Society produces regular newsletters and the annual "Rousler" publication, along with ad hoc publications relating to Bromsgrove’s history.

Indulge in Local History

There are plenty of opportunities to find out about local history online and whilst out taking exercise (depending on current restrictions). The Bromsgrove Society have been pleased to work with Bromsgrove District Council on a number of initiatives to this end.

You can discover the stories behind many of the buildings in the town centre by clicking the Interactive Heritage Map below:

In 2013 #DigBromsgrove, a community excavation on the site of the former Market Hall in St John Street, was carried out by WCC Archaeology, and supported by the Bromsgrove Society, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Worcestershire County Council and Bromsgrove District Council via the Bromsgrove Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) scheme.

Details of the dig, the finds and the “High Street on Parade” information is all available online here

Audio clips from an oral history project “Bromsgrove People and Places” are available by clicking this link.

Whilst you are taking exercise in the town why not explore the John Adams Memorial HLF Project walks? There are two walks in the old cemetery – in one you can discover graves of notable people and the other examines the wonderful trees and their heritage. 

Avoncroft, BDC, the Bromsgrove Society, the Housman Society and the Victorian Society were partners in this project.

Download a copy of the maps from clicking the link here

If you are in Bromsgrove High Street look out for the THI History panels – there is a set of 6 interpretation panels. One is currently removed from its posts, is pictured here to help you find the remaining 5. Will you find them all?

Sanders Park 50 Year Celebrations

The Bromsgrove Society and BDC joined forces to organise a celebration party on Sunday 16th September 2018 in Sanders Park. Hundreds of residents enjoyed a fun packed afternoon to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the park which opened on land given by Lucy and Mary Beatrice Sanders. Relatives of the sisters joined in the celebrations. Perhaps you were there?

Membership and 40th Anniversary Publications

The 40th Anniversary will be recognised with the publication of “Pride, Preservation, Progress: 40 years of the Bromsgrove Society” written by society member and Rousler Editor Mike Sharpe. The booklet will be sent to all members with the June newsletter. Anyone wishing to join the Society to receive a copy and to support the Society's aims and objectives can find application details on the website
Later in the year a new book on the history of our town “Bromsgrove: The Story of a Market Town” by Jenny Townshend and Julian Hunt will be published and available for sale. The book can be ordered in advance via the subscription page on the website.

Summer Season Talks online via Zoom

This year, because of restrictions on gatherings, The Bromsgrove Society has arranged three online talks during July. The talks will be live online via Zoom, are free to join and will take place in the afternoon on Wednesdays in July:

1st July - The History of Perry Hall with Julian Hunt

8th July - Tracing Your Ancestors in Worcestershire with Mike Sharpe

15th July - The Bromsgrove Guild and where to see their work - when the lockdown is over! with Quintin Watt

To subscribe to the talks visit www.bsoc.co.uk or find out more on social media www.facebook.com/BromsgroveSoc

We do hope you enjoy all the heritage Bromsgrove has to offer.