Explore the past

  • Explore Archives - Parish Records - Wed, 18 April

    For hundreds of years the parish was a key part of the life in the county, overseeing poor law, charities, roads and other local matters as well as baptising, marrying and burying people. Parish records contain a wealth of information about people, as well as some amazing stories. Find out what they contain and how to search these to uncover your ancestors or details about local history.

    Wednesday,18 April, 2pm to 4.30pm

    £8 per person

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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