Past Events

Annual General Meeting of the Society, October 2016

The AGM for this year took place at St Kenelm's Church Hall at Romsley, in the north-eastern part of the county. Dr Jens Röhrkasten of the University of Birmingham was elected to join the Council of the Society, and our annual lecture was delivered by Dr Sylvia Gill, an Honorary Research Fellow in History at the University of Birmingham, on the subject of 'Experiencing the Reformation: Worcestershire Chantry Priests in the Reign of Edward VI'. 

Book launch for The Autobiography and Library of Thomas Hall, B.D. (1610-1665), May 2016

Dr Denise Thomas delivered a short presentation about the Presbyterian minister, Thomas Hall, who was curate and schoolmaster at King's Norton during the Civil Wars, Interregnum and early part of the Restoration. The launch took place with a wine reception at St Nicholas Place, King's Norton, just adjacent to the churchyard that Hall would have known so well. The event was well attended by members of the society, particularly those from the Birmingham area. 

Award of Worcestershire Historical Society Essay Prizes, 2015

Luke Billingham, 'Worse and Worcester': punishment in Worcester c.1777-1924
John Maynard, Smoke and mirrors: the 1832 cholera outbreak at Upton on Severn

Habington Day School, 18 April 2015

The Habington Day School examining one of Worcestershire's first historians was held on Saturday 18 April 2015 at The Hive in Worcester.

Latest Publications by Members, Autumn 2011

Many members of the Society are authors in their own right. This autumn 2011 has seen the publication of three new books by members.

Elizabeth Atkins, The Field Names of Feckenham is available from Mrs Atkins at a price of £4.50. Please ring her on 01527 542063 if you are interested.

Andrew Harris, John Somerset Pakington – His First 50 Years. This fascinating study of a man who deserves to be better known for his prominent role in Victorian politics is available at a price of £12.50 to include P&P. It encompasses 376 pages with copious illustrations. Please e-mail the author on andrewharris1@mac.com if you would like to purchase a copy.

Pat Hughes and Annette Leech, The Story of Worcester was published by the Logaston Press in October 2011. This volume of 302 pages in full colour is the result of many years of original research in the archives. It is available at a price of £15 from booksellers. 

Honour for a former President, November 2011

The Society was delighted when Professor Sir David Cannadine, its eminent former President, was honoured with an honorary Doctorate by the University of Worcester. The ceremony took place in the beautiful surroundings of Worcester Cathedral on 2 November 2011.

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Professor Sir David Cannadine, lately President of the Worcestershire Historical Society, pictured with his guests at the ceremony to confer on him the degree of Honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Worcester. Two of his guests (far left of the picture) were Robin Whittaker and Susan Campbell, Chairman and Treasurer of the Worcestershire Historical Society respectively. 

Annual General Meeting of the Society, October 2010

The AGM in 2010 was an especially significant one. Professor Sir David Cannadine crossed the Atlantic from Princeton University to preside for the last time as the Society's President. He had been President for a decade, but his commitments in the USA meant he felt it was time to step down. He spoke in his inimitable style of the value of the Society's work, and expressed his very best wishes for its future. He then claimed the privilege of proposing the eminent scholar, Professor Christopher Dyer of the University of Leicester, to be the new President, and Robin Whittaker, the Chairman, was honoured to be able to second this proposal which was passed unanimously and with acclamation. Professor Dyer has a very long association with the Society, having been its General Editor from 1989 to 2004.

Book launch for The Worcester Eyre of 1275, September 2008

The editor of the above volume, Dr Jens Röhrkasten of the University of Birmingham delivered a short presentation on this subject at the County Hall branch of the Worcestershire Record Office, followed by a reception and a booksale of WHS publications.

Book launch for Records of Feckenham Forest, Worcestershire, c.1236-1377, May 2007

The Editor of the above volume, Dr Jean Birrell of the University of Birmingham, gave a scholarly address to a packed meeting in Feckenham village hall on the subject of Feckenham Forest. Many present inhabitants of the Feckenham area were present.

Book launch for Court Rolls of Elmley Castle c.1347-1564, April 2005

On 28 April 2005 a large gathering of Society members together with villagers from Elmley Castle met at the parish hall in Elmley Castle to mark the publication of the above volume, Vol.20 of the New Series. Dr Field, the Editor of the volume, addressed the meeting on the background to his edition, and then conducted a lively and informative question and answer session. Refreshments were served and Society volumes were on sale.

Book launches for Records of Hanley Castle, Worcestershire, c.1147-1547, May 2001

The Society held two separate launches to mark the publication of this volume. Dr James Toomey, the editor of the volume, gave addresses at both. The one was held in the searchroom of the Worcestershire Record Office, at which a small display of original documents from the Lechmere family archive was arranged by Robin Whittaker. A further meeting was arranged on the premises of Hanley Castle High School.