April 2021 Newsletter

Our April edition of our monthly newsletter is now available.

This is, again, an 8-page edition with, we hope, some interesting articles and updates.

You will find it at http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/newsletters/2021_3_1_April_Newsletter.pdf

This is a pdf file of about 2 MB but should not be a problem if you are viewing it with the pdf reader in your web browser.

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)

We will be producing our next Newsletter in May and we are still looking for clarity as to when we can restart meetings.

Plus, if you are willing to write a short article for the Newsletter, whether it is the history of the area or general views on history, I will be happy to receive it.

Take care and stay safe.

Anthony Green

Secretary, Redditch History Society

e-mail: anthony.green@rhs2020.org.uk

web: www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk

 

March 2021 Newsletter

Our March edition of our monthly newsletter is now available.

This is an 8-page edition with, we hope, some interesting articles and updates.

You will find it at

http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/newsletters/2021_2_8_March_Newsletter.pdf

This is a pdf file, which due to the images (even though they are reduced in size) of about 2 MB but should not be a problem if you are viewing it with the pdf reader in your web browser.

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)

We will be producing our next Newsletter in April, and, as I am always hopeful, we may have a much clearer view on how 2021 is progressing and when meetings will be possible.

Anthony Green,   Secretary, Redditch History Society

Forge Mill Needle Museum and Bordesley Abbey Visitor Centre Heritage Open Day

In the late Summer newsletter I reported that at the local Redditch museum, Forge Mill Needle Museum and Bordesley Abbey Visitor Centre, it has been decided that with social distancing, even at 1 metre, it is not viable to open the museum and this will continue for some time, probably until the end of the year.

The volunteers would therefore be unable to have the annual Heritage Open Day, which is part of the national Heritage Open Days. https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/

This is true of many historic properties and so the Heritage Open Days organisation has proposed that, for this year, those who are able to do so could produce a virtual event.

The volunteers have done this, and the ‘virtual’ event website is now online at

http://www.hod2020.redditchmuseum.org.uk

This site is intended to be live during the duration of the Heritage Open Days Festival which is from the 11th to 20th September 2020.

However, it will continue to be available after that time at the Volunteers website www.redditchmuseum.org.uk

Anthony Green

Secretary, Redditch Local History Society, and Forge Mill Museum Volunteer.

Late Summer edition of Newsletter

Welcome to our late summer Newsletter.

You will notice that I have, due to the current situation, upgraded the newsletter to 6 pages with more general content.

I hope that you find this interesting and I plan to have a new quarterly issue in the Autumn, the Winter, and the Spring, prior to our AGM,

You can download this Newsletter at……

http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/newsletters/2020_2_3_late_summer_Newsletter.pdf

(this is a web optimized pdf file of about 800 KB)

And 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 situation regarding our future meetings is becoming clearer and we are hoping that in April 2021 we can recommence our monthly programme of monthly talks.

Take care and stay safe.

Anthony Green

Secretary, Redditch Local History Society

 

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

Explore the Past Autumn 2019 leaflet

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.

 

Newsletter July 2019

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:

http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/index_htm_files/2019_1_4_July_Newsletter.pdf

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

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.

Anthony Green

Secretary, Redditch Local History Society

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

web: www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk

February Edition of Redditch History Matters

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

 

Newsletter November 2018

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.

Derek Coombes,

Newsletter Editor

Redditch Local History Society

Forge Mill Needle Museum Heritage Open Day on Sunday 9th September

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.