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

 

 

2019 Redditch Local History Society Exhibition, ‘My Redditch Memories’

The 2019 Redditch Local History Society Exhibition, ‘My Redditch Memories’, runs from 31st October to 24th November 2019 in the Gallery of the Forge Mill Needle Museum

This exhibition features the memories of Redditch residents past and present, many recently recorded and never displayed before. Where possible, these memories have been illustrated with documents and photographs from the society archives.

This exhibition looks at both the pre-New Town ‘old’ Redditch as well as people who came to Redditch with the New Town Development and gives a picture of life in the town over the past decades.

It charts the significant change in population, industry and housing and looks at how Redditch has continually re-created its own identity

Details can be found on the RLHS leaflet which can be downloaded from

http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/documents/2019/Exhibition_2019.pdf

For more details concerning entry times etc., please visit the Forge Mill Needle Museum Website

http://www.forgemill.org.uk/web/exhibitions/

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.

 

Our talk on September 9th ‘A walk around Eastern Redditch using a 1903 OS map’.

Many thanks to the Redditch Standard in their printed edition (on-line version at  https://redditchstandard.co.uk/editions/view/?/Redditch/2019/08/23&pages=048  (page 21)),  for their preview of our Local History talk on September 9th entitled ‘A walk around Eastern Redditch using a 1903 OS map’.

This is given by (me) Anthony Green and I gave a similar, well received, talk in 2017 which covered the Western area of the town.

The walk route is split into six sections. At the beginning of each section there is a video clip of how it looks today and this is followed by historic images of how it looked around the time of the map. The main purpose is to illustrate how, although there is a belief that ‘old Redditch has disappeared’, there is still much to see today.

Our local history meetings begin at 2.00 pm and last for approximately 2 hours; the presentation lasts about one hour and this is followed by refreshments and Society business, event and project news. Non-members are welcome to our meetings and will be charged £3 entrance which is refundable against the membership fee of £15 if joining on the day (reduced fee of .

The venue for the meetings is the Oasis Christian Centre, 4 Plymouth Road, Redditch, B974QB

For details of all our meetings please visit http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/meetings.htm

January 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

where you can read it on-line or download it as a pdf by clicking the appropriate icons.

Remember Your Memories: Don’t forget we still want your memories for our 2019 Forge Mill exhibition. Please visit the RLHS website or contact me for more details.

Newsletter Contributions: I have now run out of contributions for the Newsletter. Finding or writing new items myself is time consuming when compilation and distribution of the newsletter itself takes time each month. 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. If we can’t get a regular supply of articles to publish we will have to revert to a much simpler newsheet  or perhaps just a quarterly newsletter.

Our next meeting is on Monday 11th February 2019 at 2:00pm.  At this meeting the talk will be given by John Cartmell and he will be building upon his talk last year on Researching Your Family History

Derek Coombes, Newsletter Editor, Redditch Local History Society

December Edition of Redditch History Matters

The latest edition, and the final one for 2018, of our newsletter ‘Redditch History Matters’ is now available and can be found at http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/newsletter.htm

Of particular importance is our Forge Mill Exhibition for 2019 which is entitled “My Redditch Memories”.  We all have memories from our past. You may have been born and brought up in Redditch and have memories of your school days; your first job; what you did in your spare time; where you went shopping; a sport you played or a team you supported and probably many more topics.

You may have come to Redditch with your parents; to start a new job, or to move near your family or perhaps to retire here and you too have memories of Redditch.

You do not have to be a member of the Society to contribute. This is planned as a ‘living history’ exhibition of the town with collected stories about people and events in the town from a wide range of residents. We plan to make this a true snapshot of the town to create an important archive.

You can read more on how to contribute at http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/exhibition.htm

In view of the interest we have found on Facebook concerning pictures which we are finding difficult to identify, Derek has decided to add a regular “Where’s This” feature to the Newsletter starting in 2019. We look forward to your support.

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

Newsletter October 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.

WW1 Centenary Commemorations
The society will be supporting the WW1 100 years Exhibition of the Fallen which also includes a tribute to the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force. 1918- 2018 being mounted by Phillip Jarvis. This is being held at St. Phillip’s Church, Webheath, B97 5PD from Saturday 10th November to Tuesday 13th November. See page 7 of the Newsletter for opening times and more details.

Next Meeting
Our next meeting is on Monday November 12th, 2018 at 2:00pm. As usual it will be at the Oasis Christian Centre on the corner of Bromsgrove and Plymouth Roads. Doors open at 1:30pm. At the meeting we will have a selection of “Amusing stories and Redditch Memories” read by society members.

We are always looking for items for the newsletter. So, if you have research material, photographs or memories of old Redditch which you would like to share them with our members, please contact us. We would prefer this to be sent electronically, but if this is not convenient we can type up handwritten documents and scan photographs if necessary.

Derek Coombes, Newsletter Editor
Redditch Local History Society