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The Bromsgrove Lecture 2017

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The 2017 Bromsgrove Lecture was given by Rob Hedge, Community Project Officer at Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service, on Tuesday, 11th April at The Memorial Chapel, Bromsgrove School. The title was Beneath Your Feet, Behind the Façade: Bromsgrove's Archaeological Heritage.

A full report of the Lecture will be posted here shortly.

Rob is pictured opposite at the Annual Lecture with (from left to right): Bromsgrove Society Vice-Chairs Jo Slade and Chris Nesbitt, President John Weston, and Chair Pat Tansell.

Rob has a blog: https://incurablearchaeologist.wordpress.com/ and is on Twitter @robhedge.

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The Bromsgrove Society Newsletter

In the June 2017 issue:

  • The Bromsgrove Lecture
  • Preview of the Bromsgrove Summer School
  • AGM and events news

Plaques unveiled at Bromsgrove Station

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The Bromsgrove Society, together with the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, has sponsored plaques to commemorate the lives and achievements of the renowned engineers James Edward McConnell and William Scarth Moorsom. The plaques were unveiled at a ceremony at Bromsgrove Railway Station on Friday 11th November 2016.

Click below to see more pictures from the event.


Bromsgrove Rousler 2016

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The 2016 edition of The Bromsgrove Rousler is now available. Topics in this year’s Rousler include:

  • Bromsgrove's Napoleonic warrior;
  • The Droitwich Transmitting Station;
  • The Hillmans of Stockwood Stud;
  • The Clock House, Dodford;
  • William Hawkes Lakin-Smith and Alfred Leslie Foster - Bromsgrove Court Leet Bailiffs;

As well as being sold through local outlets, the Rousler is again available as a paid download through this website. Back issues are also available to download.


AGM 2016


The Bromsgrove Society held its Annual General Meeting on 6th July 2016 at Avoncroft Museum when the retiring officers presented their reports for the year.

John Rowlands, the retiring Treasurer, was thanked by the President John Weston and presented with a gift to mark his exemplary work for the Society over a period of 17 years (shown left), which made John the longest serving officer in the Society’s history.

The meeting then looked to the future and elected a new group of officers to serve for the coming year. Pat Tansell, the Vice Chairman, was elected as Chairman; both Chris Nesbit, the current Secretary and Jo Slade are to be Vice Chairmen. Also a new Treasurer, Richard Aust, was placed in office. The Executive Committee was re-elected.


Bromsgrove Lecture Report

Bromsgrove Society Annual Lecture, 22 March 2016: 'Herbert Austin and the Longbridge Story' by Max Hunt


The 2016 Bromsgrove Society Annual Lecture, the 30th in the Society’s history, was a great success. The speaker was Max Hunt, a former history master and later Director of Education for Stockport. Max was born in Romsley and remembers the special trains taking Austin workers home from Longbridge stopping at Hunnington Station. Max's first car was an Austin Seven 'Nippy' made at Longbridge in 1935.


Feckenham Forester, Issue 3


Following the success of the first two editions of this local history magazine, the 2016 issue is now available.

The 2016 issue contains new articles on the history of the Redditch, Inkberrow, Feckenham, Hanbury area and surrounding villages in east Worcestershire (the ancient Feckenham Forest area) from Tudor times to the 20th century.

It may be purchased (price £3.50) from Feckenham Forest History Society meetings or from several outlets in the Feckenham area. For more information contact the editor: Richard Churchley, tel: 01527 892361 or email: rachurchley [at] totalise.co.uk.

For details of the society see www.feckenham-forest-history-society.org.uk.

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