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
Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service have released their Autumn 2019 events leaflet, which contains our workshops, talks and events for the next few months. Their annual Worcestershire Archaeology Day which is on 26 October this year.
New this time is an intriguing workshop for reading Latin documents, in response to a request from a local group (not ours!). One of their archivists will be leading this, focusing on manorial documents. The emphasis will be on the type of documents and the use of Latin within them so they will assume a basic knowledge of Latin rather than teaching Latin.
You can download their leaflet from our website at http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/documents/2019/WAAS%20Events%20Autumn%202019
The events can be booked online at http://www.thehiveworcester.org/explore-the-past-events.html.
The latest edition of our newsletter is now available. This monthly newsletter contains the latest meeting report, society notices, information on the next meeting and other information related to current events.
The current edition (web optimized pdf file of about 300 KB) can be downloaded at:
A link to the current newsletters and to an archive of the earlier version can be found at:
Our next Meeting at the Oasis Christian Centre is on Monday 12th August beginning at 2.00 pm.
The presentation is entitled ‘Story of the Royal Enfield and the men who made it’ and is given by John Budgen who is the Chairman of the Midland Group of the Royal Enfield Owners Club.
John has been supportive of Royal Enfield activities in Redditch with events at Forge Mill Needle Museum, Church Green and Arrow Valley Visitor Centre and is heavily involved in may other activities in Redditch. His talk is based upon the people who made the Royal Enfield and he has an enviable knowledge of the range of motorcycles produce by this iconic brand.
This is a ‘must see’ talk by anyone interested in the Royal Enfield Motorcycle Company.
Secretary, Redditch Local History Society
The latest edition of our Newsletter, Redditch Heritage Matters, has just been published. I hope you enjoy its contents. This edition, and all previous Redditch Heritage Matters, are available at the Redditch Local History Society web site at http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/newsletter.htm
Remember Your Memories Exhibition: Don’t forget we want your memories for our 2019 Forge Mill exhibition. Please visit the RLHS website at http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/activities.htm for more details.
Newsletter Contributions: Please support the Society by writing a few words about research you have done, your history in Redditch or dig out some old photographs for us to scan and publish.
Snowdrop Weekend – St. Leonard’s Church, Beoley: On Saturday 16th. from 10:00 to 4:00 and Sunday 17th from 1:00 to 4:00 it is the Snowdrop event at St. Leonard’s Church in Beoley. As well as coming to see the snowdrops there are Children’s activities, stalls and displays to entertain you. The Moons Moat Conservation Group will have a display there and Derek will bring along a few RLHS items as well. Entry is free but donations are welcome. More details at https://www.stleonardsbeoley.org.uk/
Next Meeting: Our next meeting is on Monday 11th March 2019 at 2:00pm. At this meeting the talk will be given by Mike Butler and he will be continuing the story of “The Regent Motorway Coach Company”. For details of our meeting programme please visit http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/meetings.htm
The latest edition of our Newsletter, Redditch Heritage Matters, has just been published. I hope you enjoy its contents. This edition, and all previous Redditch Heritage Matters, are available at the Redditch Local History Society web site at: http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/newsletter.htm where you can read it on-line or download it as a pdf by clicking the appropriate icons. *
Our 2018 Exhibition is still on at Forge Mill Needle Museum and is titled ‘History that flows through the River Arrow’. It is on until Sunday 25th November. So, if you have not yet been already, please support the society and make a visit before the 25th. Opening times are given on the Forge Mill web site. http://www.forgemill.org.uk/exhibits.htm
Our next meeting is on Monday December 17th, 2018 at 2:00pm. This is the Christmas Social meeting for Society members and their partners and, as always, it will be at the Oasis Christian Centre on the corner of Bromsgrove and Plymouth Roads. Doors open at 1:30pm
Our first meeting for 2019, and our next public meeting, will be on Monday 11th February 2019. We will be publishing our 2019 programme of speakers after our members meeting in December. Please visit http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/meetings.htm after 17th December 2018 for our on-line 2019 programme.
Redditch Local History Society
Forge Mill Needle Museum Heritage Open Day on Sunday 9th September from 11am to 4pm.
Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,500 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers and is entirely Free. https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/forge-mill-museum
The event includes free entry to the whole site, tours of the Forge Mill Needle Museum and the Bordesley Abbey site by the Forge Mill volunteers, songs and music by Indigo Arts (The Violettes), the ever-popular display of motor cycles by the regional Royal Enfield Owners Club, a display of working model boats by the Little Radford Model Boat Club, free entry to the current exhibition, ’The Language of Flowers’ by well-known textile artists, Hilary Beattie and Jenny Rolf, and here will be children’s activities linked to the history of the area.
Redditch Local History Society will have a display based on our 2017 Archive exhibition and you will find us in the main Heritage Centre opposite the Museum Shop.
Refreshments are available at the Forge Mill volunteer run tea bar.
The latest edition of our Newsletter, Redditch Heritage Matters, has just been published. This 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. *
Forthcoming events are…
Saturday 11th August 12-4pm Redditch Bandstand – ‘free family fun’
Sunday 9th September Free Entry Heritage Open Day at Forge Mill Needle Museum. The History Society will have an exhibition.
Saturday 22nd September is the Moons Moat Conservation Group Community Fun Day. Are any members up for running a History Society stand?
Our next meeting is on Monday August 13th beginning at 2.00 p.m. and is at our venue, the Oasis Christian Centre. The illustrated talk by Anthony Green is entitled. ‘The River Arrow – flowing through Redditch History.
Contributions to The Newsletter
The contributions barrel for the Newsletter is once again looking very dry. If you have research material, photographs or memories of old Redditch we would like to share them with our members. Please send electronically if you can but we will type up handwritten documents and scan photographs if needed.
The latest edition of the Alcester and District newsletter is now available.
It is a pdf file which can be downloaded at http://www.alcesterhistory.org.uk/APR18NL.pdf
The latest edition of our Newsletter, Redditch Heritage Matters, has just been published. I hope you enjoy its contents. This edition, and all previous Redditch Heritage Matters, are available at the Redditch Local History Society web site via the tab ‘Newsletter’ where you can read it on-line or download it as a pdf by clicking the appropriate icons. (features available varies on browser used)
Our next meeting on the 14th May 2018 at 2:00pm. As usual it’s at the the Oasis Christian Centre on the corner of Bromsgrove and Plymouth Roads. The talk will be given by Phil Griffiths and in entitled. “English and Local Coinage”.
Contributions to The Newsletter
As always, can I ask for your input to the Newsletter. If you have research material, photographs or memories of old Redditch we would like to share them with our members. Please send electronically if you can but we will type up handwritten documents and scan photographs if needed.
Derek Coombes, Newsletter Editor