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   and Facebook at

Kind Regards

Anthony Green

Secretary, Redditch Local History Society



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  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

Look forward to seeing you at our March meeting.

Anthony Green

Secretary, Redditch Local History Society



Next Meeting May 14th….

Our next meeting is on Monday May 14th and begins at 2.00 pm, lasting for approximately 2 hours. The meeting begins with Society notices followed by the May presentation ‘English and Local Coinage’ by Phil Griffiths. This is followed by refreshments and Society business, event and project news.
The venue for all our meetings is the Oasis Christian Centre, 4 Plymouth Road, Redditch, B974QB (on the corner of Plymouth Road/Bromsgrove Road).
Our 2018 speaker programme is available for download from the website and a printed version is available at our meetings and various outlets.
Non-members are welcome to our meetings and will be charged £3 entrance which is refundable against the membership fee if joining on the day.
Membership is only £15 per year per member (£7.50 if joining after October) and that covers entry to all our monthly meetings, including the December Christmas Social.
Membership runs from the April AGM to the end of March.