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The Bromsgrove Summer School 2017


The Bromsgrove Summer School will once again be held in July 2017 at Bromsgrove School. It offers six courses over three days - 11-13 July - celebrating the rich agricultural, industrial, architectural and cultural history of Bromsgrove and district.

This year's topics are:

  • Churches of Bromsgrove District
  • A.E. Housman - Man of Letters
  • Belbroughton's Millers, Manufacturers & Scythemakers
  • Worcestershire Mapmakers and the coming of the Ordnance Survey
  • Bromsgrove's Great Houses
  • Bromsgrove on the Eve of War: Our Town & District in 1939

See our Summer School page for further information
and details of online booking.

You can also download the Programme and Booking Form.

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.

Next Meeting: A Portrait of Studley

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25 April 2017: A Portrait of Studley

The Bromsgrove Society's last talk of this series is on Tuesday 25th April and is entitled "A Portrait of Studley".

The talk will be given by Graham Downie who is former chair of the Local History Society. He will include information about the manufacture of needles under terrible working conditions as well as changes in Studley over the years .

Doors open 7:15 for 7:45 p.m. at The Methodist Centre, Stratford Road. Click for further details of the 2016-17 programme.

Latest Newsletter


The Bromsgrove Society Newsletter

In the March 2017 issue:

  • Previews of the Bromsgrove Lecture and Summer School
  • New Housman letters acquired by Trinity College, Cambridge
  • Bromsgrove Railway Station plaques

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.


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