Redditch Local History Society
Redditch Local History Society
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The Worcestershire Local History Forum, the WLHF, publish details of events, news, meetings and other activities which are taking

place in Worcestershire and are connected to the history, heritage and archaeology of the county. They have a What’s On In

Worcestershire page which gives some of the events happening in Worcestershire.

The Redditch Railway Interest Group, which meets monthly at the Forge Mill Needle Museum Visitor Centre, have their programme

available for download HERE (pdf file).

For those who are interested in the archaeology of the region, the Worcestershire Archaeology Society has an interesting

programme of lectures and activities.

The Feckenham Forest History Society holds meetings throughout the year from September to June, at Feckenham and Webheath

Village Halls, and cover a wide range of historical topics.

Alcester & District Local History Society was founded almost 40 years ago and its aims are to make local history and the study of

local history accessible to all and to establish a museum in the town. They have regular meetings with speakers.

Bromsgrove BMSGH  branch, is the the family history site for North Worcestershire covering Bromsgrove and surrounding areas from

Kidderminster to Kings Norton and Redditch.Bromsgrove Society has a number of meetings throughout the year covering the local

history and a regular newsletter .

The Bromsgrove Society has a number of meetings throughout the year covering the local history and a regular

newsletter .

Local Area History Groups

Local Links

The Redditch History & Heritage Gateway is a gateway site from which you can reach the Virtual Museum site, the RLHS Archives and a

Wordpress Blog on which the Queries are published. There is also a link to a new facebook page which mirrors the Redditch Historic

Archives.

Other history sites related to the town are the Redditch History website has a potted history of all aspects of the towns history and, for

the more energetic, the Redditch Walks website has a number of walks around the town and the local area with information on points of

 historical interest on route. These are part of the Explore Redditch group of websites.

Redditch is operated by Redditch Borough Council, whose website has helpful information about the facilities available in the  town. In

particular the Things to Do page gives information on the programme of leisure and cultural events the town offers throughout the year

with parks, leisure centres, sport, theatres and museums.

The town museum is the Forge Mill Needle Museum & Bordesley Abbey Visitor Centre, which encompasses two major national sites, the

Forge Mill Needle Museum based in a 18th Century Water Mill with the original water powered machinery and the ruins of Bordesley

Abbey; a medieval Cistercian Abbey, which has been extensively excavated. The Friends of Forge Mill Needle Museum help to support

the museum.

The town centre theatre, the Palace Theatre, one of the few remaining theatres designed by Bertie Crewe, has just celebrated it’s

Centenary and has a wide range of  productions from variety through to plays and musicals.

The Arts in Redditch network provides links and information on art of all forms which you can find within the town. It has information on

events in the town, local groups and societies and the public art which can be seen.

The Visit Redditch site gives information on the town, its facilities and surrounding area.

The are two local ‘free’ newspapers for the town and surrounding area. They are the Redditch Advertiser and Redditch Standard. Both

newspapers have news on what is happening in the town, including local communities, sport and entertainment, as well as a wide range

of local advertisements and sales. They both have web sites and a social media presence, and are  printed weekly in newspaper form

and delivered to all households in the town.

Queries

Early in the history of the Society we set up a BBS (bulletin board system) with a seperate web address to allow questions to be

posed and answered. This was not very successful and when the software became obselete we did not renew it. This was then

replaced by questions posed on our monthly newsletter Redditch History Matters. With the reorganisation of our newsletters this

has been replaced by a new Help Request Blog on the Society's Historic Archives site. This is an external site but it can be found

on this site in a ‘window’ at the link Queries

The Redditch History website (external site) gives an introduction to the various aspects of the town’s history using a range of

‘pocket history’ presentations and some short descriptive text. The site covers EARLY REDDITCH - Birth of Redditch, Bordesley

Abbey, Moons Moat and Church Green - INDUSTRY - Needles, Fish Hooks, Springs, Motor Cycles, Batteries and HDA - TRANSPORT -

Roads, Canals, Railway. This site is published independently as part of the Explore Redditch group of websites.

The concept of the Redditch Virtual Museum website (external site) is, in the absence of a physical Heritage Centre within the

town which presents the history of Redditch, to present information which would otherwise not be available. Following the

Remembering Lost Redditch Project researching the history of Redditch has continued and the site has a wide range of information

in the form of photographs, memories both oral and written, maps and much more. This site is published independently as part of the

Redditch Heritage project.

Virtual Museum

Redditch History

Links/Queries

Local History Groups

The Worcestershire Local History Forum, the WLHF,

publish details of events, news, meetings and other

activities which are taking place in Worcestershire and

are connected to the history, heritage and archaeology

of the county. They have a What’s On In Worcestershire

page which gives some of the events happening in

Worcestershire.

The Redditch Railway Interest Group, which meets

monthly at the Forge Mill Needle Museum Visitor Centre,

have their programme available for download HERE (pdf

file).

For those who are interested in the archaeology of the

region, the Worcestershire Archaeology Society has

an interesting programme of lectures and activities.

The Feckenham Forest History Society holds

meetings throughout the year from September to June,

at Feckenham and Webheath Village Halls, and cover a

wide range of historical topics.

Alcester & District Local History Society was

founded almost 40 years ago and its aims are to make

local history and the study of local history accessible to

all and to establish a museum in the town. They have

regular meetings with speakers.

Bromsgrove BMSGH  branch, is the the family history

site for North Worcestershire covering Bromsgrove and

surrounding areas from Kidderminster to Kings Norton

and Redditch.Bromsgrove Society has a number of

meetings throughout the year covering the local history

and a regular newsletter .

The Bromsgrove Society has a number of

meetings throughout the year covering the local

history and a regular newsletter .

Local Links

An important related site to the History Society is  Redditch Heritage

which contains much of the archive and audio-visual material which is

being collected by the Society. This also contains the archive and current

issue of the Society’s monthly Redditch History Matters newsletter.

Other history sites related to the town are the Redditch History

website has a potted history of all aspects of the towns history and, for

the more energetic, the Redditch Walks website has a number of

walks around the town and the local area with information on points of

 historical interest on route.

Redditch is operated by Redditch Borough Council, whose website

has helpful information about the facilities available in the  town. In

particular the Things to Do page gives information on the programme of

leisure and cultural events the town offers throughout the year with

parks, leisure centres, sport, theatres and museums.

The town museum is the Forge Mill Needle Museum &

Bordesley Abbey Visitor Centre, which encompasses two major

national sites, the Forge Mill Needle Museum based in a 18th Century

Water Mill with the original water powered machinery and the ruins of

Bordesley Abbey; a medieval Cistercian Abbey, which has been extensively

excavated. The Friends of Forge Mill Needle Museum help to

support the museum.

The town centre theatre, the Palace Theatre, one of the few

remaining theatres designed by Bertie Crewe, has just celebrated it’s

Centenary and has a wide range of  productions from variety through to

plays and musicals.

The Arts in Redditch network provides links and information on art

of all forms which you can find within the town. It has information on

events in the town, local groups and societies and the public art which can

be seen.

The Visit Redditch site gives information on the town, its facilities and

surrounding area.

Queries

Early in the history of the Society we set up a BBS

(bulletin board system) with a seperate web address to

allow questions to be posed and answered. This was not

very successful and when the software became obselete

we did not renew it. This was then replaced by questions

posed on our monthly newsletter Redditch History

Matters. With the reorganisation of our newsletters this

has been replaced by a new Help Request Blog on the

Society's Historic Archives site. This can be found on

this site at Queries