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Annual Book Sale


Our annual book sale featuring both new and nearly new books will take place on Saturday, 2 December.

The sale will be at Bromsgrove Library from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m and NOT at Chateau Impney as advertised in some listings. We will have a wide selection of local history books including some rare ones about Bromsgrove and nearby, extending to Worcestershire and its borders.

The event will be well worth a visit and of course books make a very acceptable Christmas present. Please phone John Weston on 01527 873483 if you are seeking a particular book.

Bromsgrove Rousler 2017

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The 2017 edition of The Bromsgrove Rousler is now available and this year is being published in colour for the first time. Topics in this year’s Rousler include:

  • Bromsgrove poet Sir Geoffrey Hill;
  • Trams from Birmingham to the Lickey Hills;
  • The Poor Law in Bromsgrove during the 18th century;
  • The Dipple family in the 1600s;
  • The life of Private Edward Pearce (part 2);

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.


Next Meeting: Shelsley Walsh - the Story of a Village

5 December 2017: Shelsley Walsh: the Story of a Village
Speaker: Max Hunt

Shelsley Walsh

Popular speaker Max Hunt returns to Bromsgrove with an illustrated talk tracing the history of Worcestershire’s smallest parish from the 11th to the 20th century. Shelsley Walsh rose from total obscurity to international fame as the home of the world’s oldest motor racing venue - an evening for both history enthusiasts and ‘petrolheads’!

Doors open 7:15 for 7:45 p.m. at The Methodist Centre, Stratford Road. Click for further details of the 2017-18 programme.

Worcestershire in WW1


The first episode of this fascinating series, developed with the University of Worcester, traces the effects of the First World War on the lives of children in Worcestershire.

Historian Anna Muggeridge explores how this changed life in the schoolroom and how, as the war progressed children of all ages played a vital role in keeping the nation fed. Children as young as 10 years worked - often for very little reward - in fields and orchards across the county.

Watch the film

The Society Scrapbooks

Following our advertisement in the December newssheet, Gillian Ford has kindly agreed to take on the responsibility of looking after the Society’s scrapbooks. Many thanks to Gillian.

The completed scrapbooks are available to look at in Bromsgrove Library under the Local History section. They go back to the formation of The Bromsgrove Society in 1980 and are a useful resource on the history of the town during this period.

Online Payments

Help us to save money and serve you better.

With postage costs continually increasing, we are keen to encourage more people to pay their subscriptions by either setting up a standing order with their bank or using Paypal on this website.

You can renew online and check the current subscription rates on our Membership Page.

You can also opt to receive your newsletter electronically - please contact the Membership Secretary.
 Payment can now be made by PayPal
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