The BALH Local History News free to access

The  Redditch Local History Society is a member of the British Association for Local History and they publish quarterly journals  ‘The Local Historian’ and ‘Local History News’.

We make current and past issues of these journals available at our meetings.

I am pleased to announce that for the duration of the pandemic crisis, BALH have taken the decision to make all issues of The Local History News free to access (usually only for issues older than three years). All past issues of Local History News are currently available free to access

While it is not possible to visit libraries and archives, they hope this will help individuals continue their research, or simply find a fascinating article to read to pass an hour with a cup of tea!

This is a temporary measure and the current issue of Local History News is usually only available with membership.

To view these journals, please  visit

https://www.balh.org.uk/localhistorynews

RLHS Newsletter April 2020

Due to the Coronavirus situation we did not have a meeting in April. However, we decided that we would continue to issue our monthly newsletter to keep everyone updated and the latest edition of our newsletter is now available and can be downloaded at:http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/newsletters/2020_2_1_April_Newsletter.pdf  (web optimized pdf file of about 400 KB)

A link to the current newsletters and to an archive of the earlier version can be found at: http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/newsletter.htm   (link to Redditch History Society Website)

The current situation regarding our monthly meetings at the Oasis Christian Centre, along with our other activities, is unclear and we will give a monthly update in the newsletter.

There is good news, however, as Derek has worked hard to produce our new annual Redditch Heritage Matters Journal and you can view this at:

http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/rhm_annual_journal.htm

Take care and stay safe.

Anthony Green

Secretary, Redditch Local History Society

e-mail: anthony.green@RLHS.org.uk

web: www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk

Meetings Programme Update 17th March 2030

In view of the current Coronavirus situation and minimising risks to members and visitors, we are amending our current programme for this year, 2020.

The meetings on April 20th and May 11th are cancelled.

The situation beyond that is unclear. We believe that having an AGM is important, so, at the moment our programme will be:

  • June 8th AGM
  • July 13th Nick Houghton – The Where Next Association
  • August 10th Pete Harris – Tracing my Family History

From September the programme is as our published programme and the website has been updated accordingly.

Please accept that we are working against current information and it is quite possible that this may be amended. However, we think that it is important that the first meeting after the closure should be the AGM.

Please be assured that our priority is our members and we will not be resuming our programme until the situation is secure.

We will keep everyone updated of all changes.

All updates are posted on our website at http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/update.htm   and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RedditchHistorySociety/

Kind Regards

Anthony Green

Secretary, Redditch Local History Society

e-mail: anthony.green@RLHS.org.uk

 

Coronavirus and our Meetings

The current situation with regard to the Coronavirus situation is not clear.

This could have implications with regard to our future meetings and, in particular, our Annual General Meeting on Monday April 20th.

Please be assured that we will keep you fully updated via our website http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/update.htm and via e-mail concerning any changes.

For those not on e-mail we will send a letter prior to our next meeting if there are any changes.

Regards

Anthony Green

Secretary, Redditch Local History Society

e-mail: anthony.green@RLHS.org.uk

web: www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk

RLHS Newsletter March 2020

The latest edition of our newsletter is now available and can be downloaded at:

http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/newsletters/2020_2_12_March_Newsletter.pdf  (web optimized pdf file of about 400 KB)

A link to the current newsletters and to an archive of the earlier version can be found at: http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/newsletter.htm  (link to Redditch History Society Website)

Our next Meeting at the Oasis Christian Centre is on Monday 20th April 2020 and is our Annual General Meeting. This begins our 2020/21 season which runs from April 2020 to March 2021.

You can view the programme of all our 2020 meetings at  http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/meetings.htm  and you can also download a pdf copy from the same page.

Anthony Green

Secretary, Redditch Local History Society

e-mail: anthony.green@RLHS.org.uk

 

 

Next meeting on Monday 9th March

Our next meeting on Monday 9th March is entitled ‘Off to the Workhouse – the poor are always with us’ and is given by Dr Richard Churchley.

Richard is an experienced historian, specialising in areas of Worcestershire, Warwickshire and North Gloucestershire and since 2014 has edited the local history magazine “The Feckenham Forester” concerning local history in our local area.

In this talk Richard looks at the problems of looking after the poor from Tudor times to the 20th century using local examples. The local Union workhouses are depicted and discussed. Quotations from Charles Dickens and Thomas Hardy also help to paint the picture of what life was like for paupers and for the authorities who had to look after them.

The listing of our 2020 meetings can be found on our meetings page http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/meetings.htm  and we have copies of our leaflet available at our meetings and various outlets.

Our 2020 exhibition at Forge Mill Needle Museum, Redditch is entitled ‘ 75 tears ago: the end of WW2’ and details of the exhibition can be found on our exhibition poster which can be downloaded from our activities page http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/activities.htm

Look forward to seeing you at our March meeting.

Anthony Green

Secretary, Redditch Local History Society

e-mail: anthony.green@RLHS.org.uk

web: www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk

RLHS Newsletter February 2020

The latest edition of our newsletter is now available and can be downloaded at:

http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/newsletters/2020_2_11_February_Newsletter.pdf  (web optimized pdf file of about 300 KB)

A link to the current newsletters and to an archive of the earlier version can be found at: http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/newsletter.htm  (link to Redditch History Society Website)

Our next Meeting at the Oasis Christian Centre is on Monday 9th March 2020 and is ‘Off to the Workhouse – the poor are always with us’ by Dr Richard Churchley, a Local and Family Historian.

You can view the programme of all our 2020 meetings at  http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/meetings.htm  and you can also download a pdf copy from the same page.

Anthony Green

Secretary, Redditch Local History Society

Next meeting – Monday 10th February 2020

After our break in January, we begin 2020 with our first meeting on Monday 10th February.

The presentation is by the Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service and will be given by given by a Paul Hudson, the Learning & Outreach Manager. It is entitled ‘Stories from the Archives’ and is an introduction into the wide variety of historical sources they hold, and the stories they contain and tell, about the people and places in the local region. If you ever wondered what there is at the Hive which is of interest to the history of the local area, then this is an ideal opportunity to find out.

We are now looking at our programme for 2021 and, as always, we would like to have a mix of outside speakers and members, ideally 4 of each, as well as our member’s reading of local memories, short films after the AGM and our Christmas event (11 meetings). The listing of our 2020 meetings can be found on our meetings page http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/meetings.htm and we have copies of our leaflet available at our meetings and various outlets.

If you are interested in being involved as a speaker or reader, or if you have recommendations for outside speakers, please contact me at anthony.green@RLHS.org.uk. The Society is very willing to support members who have local knowledge and wish to give a talk and will give help in producing a presentation.

Our 2020 exhibition at Forge Mill Needle Museum, Redditch is entitled ‘ 75 tears ago: the end of WW2’ and details of the exhibition can be found on our exhibition poster which can be downloaded from our activities page http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/activities.htm

This year, we did not really look at ideas for the 2020 exhibition until the end of 2019, so it was all rather a rush. However, we believe we have an excellent subject with opportunities for members to be involved. So, we aim to begin this process much earlier this year to find a suitable topic for our exhibition in 2021, and possibly 2022. In choosing a topic it is important to have a subject where we know we will have enough material to produce a satisfactory exhibition.

Anthony Green

Secretary, Redditch Local History Society

e-mail: anthony.green@RLHS.org.uk

web: www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk

Mobile Version of Website

Apologies to anyone who uses a mobile phone to visit the Redditch Local History Society website  http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/

I was contacted recently with a problem that the website was still showing the information for 2019 and not 2020.

I was a bit confused as I updated the site immediately after our December 2019 meeting. However, as the enquirer was interested in next year’s programme, I gave them a direct link to the leaflet http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/index_htm_files/programme_2020.pdf which met their immediate need.

Yesterday, I suddenly realised that although I had fully updated the website for ‘large screen’ computers, i.e. tablets and above, in December, I had not updated the website for the small screen, mobile phone, version. This occurred because the software I use, although it makes it ‘easy’ to create a ‘phone version, does not do this automatically and so I, effectively, have to maintain two versions of the site.

I have now made this update and all users should see the latest information.

I am always happy to receive comments concerning the site and I am always ready to respond.

Anthony Green

Secretary, Redditch Local History Society

e-mail: anthony.green@RLHS.org.uk

General News Update January

As a Society we often receive notifications from similar organisations concerning items which may be of interest to our members. I have put recent ones together in this news release.

A new local history book has been released entitled ‘Diary of a Studley Gentleman: The Private Journal of Rowland Hill, Needlemaker of Studley & Ipsley 1847-1849’. The story behind this book and how you can obtain a copy can be found in a pdf download from our site at:

http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/documents/Diary_of_a_Studley_Gentleman.pdf

Redditch Railway Interest Group, who meet at Forge Mill Needle Museum, Redditch, have released their 2020 programme leaflet. Programme and contact details can be downloaded from our site as a pdf file at:

http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/documents/RRIG2020.pdf

Redditch Military History Society, who meet at the Bridge Church Community Hall, in Headless Cross, have released their 2020 programme leaflet. Programme and contact details can be downloaded from our site as a pdf file at:

http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/documents/RMHS2020.pdf

Friends of the Mercian Regiment Museum, which is based in Worcester, has released their programme of activities for 2020. The programme and contact details can be downloaded from our site as a pdf file at:

http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/documents/MercianRegiment2020.pdf

Anthony Green

Secretary, Redditch Local History Society

e-mail: anthony.green@RLHS.org.uk

web: www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk