Redditch Local History Society Archives

One of the aims of the Society is to investigate, document and promote the history of Redditch and the surrounding area, and this includes holding a register of all artefacts held by the Society. This is one of the roles of the archivist of the Society which is, and has always been, Derek Coombes.

As we do not have, sadly, a Heritage Centre in the town centre this means storing artefacts in the homes of individual members. Most are stored by Derek, but I also store some artefacts, some donated by myself and others by our supporters.

What is important is that these are correctly identified in terms of content and also location.

A good example is four pictures donated when I recently gave a talk to Webheath WI on Redditch History. At the end of the meeting a very nice lady, Pat Smith, approached me to say that she had 4 pictures which she would like to give to a good home to ensure that they would not be lost. I explained our archive system and how we would ensure that it would be catalogued and preserved. She kindly dropped these in to me the next day.

I have now produced a document for our Archivist detailing the archive and where it is kept.

If you have information, photographs or artefacts relating to the history of Redditch and would like to donate them to our archives please visit contact the society archivist Derek Coombes at  or phone 01527 404365

Anthony Green

Secretary, Redditch Local History Society




April Edition of Redditch History Matters – final monthly edition.

Just to let you know that the latest, and sadly last, edition of our Newsletter, Redditch Heritage Matters, in the current format has just been published. I hope you enjoy its contents.
You can find details explaining this change and the future publications at

This last edition, and all previous Redditch Heritage Matters, are available at the Redditch Local History Society web site at:
where you can read it on-line or download it as a pdf by clicking the appropriate icons. We will continue to publish this area of the website which will be linked as the RLHS Newsletter archive. Please look out next month for the new style newsletter.

Your Memories
We are still looking forward to receiving your Redditch memories to publish at the October/November Forge Mill exhibition. So, a thank you for those who have responded and a reminded to those who are still writing theirs, there are just under six months left to get them completed and submitted. I am sure there are many more memories out there that members have so please get writing so we will have plenty of time to process them. Please see the RLHS website for more details.
Headless Cross May Fayre
This year’s May Fayre at Headless Cross ins on Monday May 6th. We would very much like to have a presence there but that can only happen if a few members come forward to help set, run and take down that display. Please get in touch if you can spare an hour or two that day.
Next Meeting
Our next meeting is on Monday 13th May 2019 at 2:00pm and the talk is entitled “19th Century Rogues and Murders in Worcestershire” It will be given by Vanessa Morgan. The meeting is as usual at the Oasis Christian Centre on Plymouth Road and start at 2:00 pm. Visitors always Welcome.

Derek Coombes
Redditch Local History Society