“Violent Debacles”: The Turbulent Ice Age History of Worcestershire Talk at Broadway Museum & Art Gallery 13th April 2018

Talk by Rob Hedge, Find Specialist at the Broadway Museum & Art Gallery: The Lost Landscapes Project is examining two centuries of research into Ice Age natural history and archaeology in Worcestershire. From hippos in Cropthorne to the Chadbury rhinoceros, the talk will examine the significance of Bredon Hill, the Cotswold edge and the Vale of Evesham to the story of Ice Age Worcestershire.

Rob is a public archaeologist and finds specialist for Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service. He is currently working on the Lost Landscapes project. Throughout 2018, the project will be holding events and exhibitions exploring over half a million years of Worcestershire’s prehistory, from the time our ancestors arrived until the end of the last Ice Age 12,000 years ago.

Admission £10, includes a refreshment. Doors open at 6.30pm, talk starts at 7pm.

Venue: Broadway Museum & Art Gallery, Tudor House, 65 High Street, Broadway, Worcestershire WR12 7DP

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Next Meeting: Monday 15th January ‘Battle of Worcester’

Broadway History Society Talk on the Battle of Worcester Oliver Cromwell

Oliver Cromwell at the Battle of Worcester

The next Meeting of the Broadway History Society will take place on Monday 15th January 2018 starting at 7pm in the Lifford Memorial Hall, Lower Green, Broadway.

During the meeting, historical performer and founder of Discover History, Paul Harding, will be giving a talk on the Battle of Worcester. The Battle took place on 3rd September 1651 and was the final battle of the English Civil War. Oliver Cromwell’s Parliamentarian New Model Army, some 28,000 strong, defeated King Charles II’s 16,000 Royalists, of whom the vast majority were Scottish.

All welcome. Non-members £3. Refreshments will be served at the end of the meeting.

 

 

 

Next Meeting and Talk: Monday 20th November 2017 ‘A Victorian Christmas’

Our next meeting and talk will take place on Monday 20th November 2017 in the Parlour at the Lifford Memorial Hall, Lower Green, Broadway. The meeting will start at 7pm and our guest speakers will be giving a talk on ‘A Victorian Christmas’.

Everyone is welcome to our meetings. Non-members £3 on the door. Refreshments are served at the end of the meeting.

 

 

Next Meeting and Talk: Monday 18th September 2017 ‘On a Wing and a Prayer – the Cathedral Builders’

Our next meeting and talk, the first of the 2017/18 season, will take place on Monday 18th September 2017 in the Parlour at the Lifford Memorial Hall, Lower Green, Broadway. The meeting will start at 7pm and our guest speaker will be Keith Cattell who will be giving an illustrated talk ‘On a Wing and a Prayer – the Cathedral Builders’.

All are welcome to our meetings. Non-members £3 on the door. Refreshments are served at the end of the meeting.

 

 

Snapshots of Victorian Broadway (The People of The Census Returns)

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Left to right: Eliza A. Morris, Jane Morris (née Phillips), Joseph W. Morris (back row), John Morris (front row) and Mary A. Morris. Photo c1900: Tom Morris

Following the Society’s 2017 Annual General Meeting on Monday 15th May, Broadway History Society Committee Member, Geoff Sanders, will be giving an illustrated talk depicting the wealth of information, and the pitfalls that might be encountered when researching the seven decades of the Broadway Census Returns from 1841 to 1901.

The progression through the decades follows one prominent villager, John Morris1 (the first resident Minister of Broadway Congregational Church) and his descendants, with explanations and interpretations of the vast amount of information available from the censuses. Geoff’s talk will illustrate how a census return can be littered with errors and ‘red herrings’. He will explain how published pages often reflect third-hand information with spoken names being written by the census enumerators rather than the householders which, combined with the local ‘Broddy’2 dialect, led to some interesting entries and interpretations.

The 2017 AGM and Geoff’s talk will be held in the Lifford Hall Parlour, Lower Green, Broadway, on Monday 15th May 2017 starting at 7pm. Refreshments will be served at the end of the AGM before Geoff’s talk which is expected to start around 7.30pm. All welcome. Non-members £3 on the door.

Broadway History Society
May 2017

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Notes:
1. John Morris (1784-1864), father of Joseph Wilson Morris (see above photo), was ordained as the first resident Minister of Broadway Congregational Church (now Broadway United Reformed Church) in 1816. He resigned in 1825 to set up his grocery and drapery business.
2. ‘Asum’ grammar for Broadway.

Starting Family History Workshops at The Hive, Worcester

Do you want to start tracing your family tree and don’t know where to start? Worcester Archive and Archaeology Service are hosting a two part workshop at The Hive (Worcester Library), to give help and advice about how to start tracing your ancestors.

The workshops will run on Wednesday 8th and 15th February from 2-4.30pm and cost £15. Booking required see https://e-services.worcestershire.gov.uk/LibraryEvents/EventDetails.aspx?id=303.

Henry Sandon Talk and Valuation Evening, 20th February 2017

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Photo: Museum of Royal Worcester

On Monday 20th February 2017, ceramics and antiques expert Henry Sandon MBE will give a talk on ‘Worcester China’ starting at 7pm in the Torrington Room at the Lygon Arms Hotel, High Street, Broadway. After his talk, Henry will gladly value any porcelain or china brought along.

This event is free to Members of the Broadway History Society, non-members welcome £3 on the door.

For more information about this event or membership of Broadway History Society please telephone Mary Smith, 01386 853278.