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 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 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

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



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:

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:

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:

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:

Anthony Green

Secretary, Redditch Local History Society




RLHS Newsletter January 2020

The latest edition of our newsletter is now available. We do not have a meeting in January, but I thought it was worthwhile to give an update on our activities.

This edition can be downloaded at:  (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:  (link to Redditch History Society Website)

We have also issued our programme leaflet for 2020. You can view this at  and you can also download a pdf copy from the same page.

You will also find details and a link for our 2020 exhibition at our activities page

Finally, I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year.

Anthony Green

Secretary, Redditch Local History Society



Meeting on Monday 13th May

The next meeting of the Redditch Local History Society will be on Monday 13th May 2019 at the Oasis Christian Centre, Plymouth Road

The presentation for the meeting is 19th Century Rogues and Murders in Worcestershire and is given by Vanessa Morgan.
Born and brought up in Worcestershire,

Vanessa has always had an interest in history and for the last twenty years worked as a professional genealogist.

She is also a local speaker and gives numerous talks which include genealogy and local murders.

Also at the meeting, during the coffee break, Lyndsey Berry from Redditch Borough Council will be seeking members views on what changes members would like to see in the Town Centre as part of a planned major regeneration programme.

Membership of the Redditch Local History Society runs for the season from the Annual General Meeting in April to the following April AGM. The current membership fee is £15, which covers entry to all meetings during the current season. Individuals joining in October, covering meetings to the following April AGM (5 meetings), pay a reduced fee of £7.50 (50%). Non-members are welcome to meetings for whom there will be a £3 entrance charge. This is refundable against the membership fee if joining the society at the meeting.

Please visit: to follow our activities.