Explore the past

  • The Worcester Giant Wombat: talks and tours of the summer bioarchaeology exhibitions - Sat, 07 July

    A dual venue visit in Worcester to enjoy this summer's special bioarchaeology exhibitions

    The West Midlands branch committee invite you to join our visit to the summer bioarchaeology exhibitions. The event will take place in Worcester on Saturday 7 July from 11.30am to 2.30pm.

    10.30 to 11.30am - Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum opens to public. Arrive any time during this and explore the museum independently.
    11.30am to 12.30pm Official start to the day. Check in to the Worcester Giant Wombat talk in the old pharmacist's shop
    12.30 to 1.30pm Lunch in museum cafe with 10% discount or independent lunch; additional time to explore museum independently
    1.30 to 1.50pm Group meet for walk to The Hive (joint community/university library) with curator (or independent travel to the Hive)
    1.50 to 2pm Group assembles in the Hive
    2 to 2.45pm Brief introduction to exhibitions (Origins of Us & Through the Mists of Time) with a focus on the history of scientific thought relating to the Ice Age, human evolution and our species' place in the wider scheme of what it means to be human.
    2.45pm Free time to explore more of the exhibition and The Hive.

    This event is limited to 15 people and booking is essential.
    Tickets cost £5 per RSB member and per accompanied child of members; £8 for non-members.

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    Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum, Foregate Street, Worcester.

    The Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester.

    Both venues are fully accessible.

  • Broadway Guided Walk - Sat, 07 July Thu, 09 August 2018

    Discover the story of Broadway from its earliest prehistoric inhabitants through to an elusive Anglo-Saxon settlement and Broadway Tower itself. Led by a WAAS community archaeologist to celebrate the launch of a new walk leaflet, this guided circular walk will explore the history beneath your feet as we walk from Broadway village up to Broadway Tower and back, following sections of the Cotswold Way.

    Four mile circular route involves steep uphill sections - a second walk will take place on Thursday 9th August.

    Starts from Broadway Museum & Art Gallery, High Street - 1pm - 4pm.

    Tickets available £6/Under 16s £3

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    Book ticket - Thursday 9 August

  • 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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  • Bredon Hill Guided Walk - Sun, 22 July

    Come along to this guided walk up Bredon Hill, led by a WAAS community archaeologist, to discover more about the Iron Age hillfort and people who have used this hillside throughout history. We will start the walk by exploring earthworks of Woollashull deserted medieval village, then walk up to the site of St Katherine’s Chapel and holy spring, before continuing along a prehistoric routeway to the spectacular Kemerton Camp. Three mile circular walk is up hill and steep in parts.

    Meet at Deer Park Hall car park, Eckington - 1pm to 4pm.

    Tickets cost £6/Under 16s £3

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  • Northwick Guided Walk - Tue, 31 July

    Three mile circular walk led by a WAAS community archaeologist along the River Severn from Northwick to Bevere, exploring the industries that once thrived along the river and the mysterious Bevere Island - refuge from plagues, fire and attack. We will return via Bevere Green, with its grand houses and tree lined avenues, to the site of Northwick's moated medieval manor. Walk involves several stiles and one short uphill stretch.

    Starts from The Slip car park, Old Northwick Lane - 10am to 12.30pm

    Tickets cost £6/Under 16s £3

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  • First Steps in House History - Thu, 02 August

    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, 2 August.

    £6 per person 

  • First Steps in Family History - Thu, 02 August

    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, 2 August.

    £6.00 per person

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