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Act Now for Architectural Awards!

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The Bromsgrove Society will be holding a further round of its Architectural Awards in 2014. These Awards, which began in the 1980s shortly after the Society was founded, are now held every 3-5 years, with the last Awards being made in 2009.

The 2014 Awards will be open to any project in the District which was completed between January 2009 and the end of 2013. The closing date for entries will be 11th April 2014 with the Awards being presented at the Society's AGM on 26th June 2014 at the New Guesten Hall, Avoncroft Museum.

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Railway Gravestones Nearing Completion

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After painstaking work to restore the memorial gravestones of the two railway pioneers, Thomas Scaife and Joseph Rutherford, completion is nearly at hand.

Both men were killed in an accident at Bromsgrove Railway Station in 1840 and are buried in St.John's churchyard.

The Bromsgrove Society has made a donation towards the cost of restoring the memorial, which had deteriorated over the years. These unique gravestones are now returned to condition worthy of the men killed and may be viewed at the town's cemetery.

The background to the project is set out in the March 2012 edition of the Society's newsletter and in Bromsgrove Advertiser of 26 February 2014.

 

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Bromsgrove Summer School 2014

cookes smWith Spring approaching (hopefully), once again it's time to book your place for the Bromsgrove Summer School, a three-day programme of talks, lectures and visits on the people and places in Bromsgrove's history.

Bromsgrove Summer School 2014 will once again be held at Bromsgrove School, on 8-10 July. The provisional programme includes courses on World War I, women's suffrage, timber-framed buildings, William Shenstone, St John's Street Bromsgrove, and the Gunpowder Plot. Among the speakers are Prof. Ian Beckett of the University of Kent, Alan Petford of Leeds University, Simon Carter of Avoncroft Museum, and Liz Oakley of the Housman Society.

Read on for further details, or download the full programme and details of how to book.

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The Bromsgrove Lecture 2014

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The 28th Bromsgrove Lecture will take place on Tuesday 15th April 2014 at 7.30.pm at Routh Hall, Bromsgrove School.

This year's lecture is entitled "Chatsworth House and Gardens", being an illustrated talk given by Christine Robinson, who is head housekeeper at this stately home.

Our lecturer is a graduate of Newcastle University and has been employed at Chatsworth for 40 years, where she now has responsibility for the visitor route, apartments, offices and cottages on the estate.

The chairman and president of The Society will be pleased to welcome you to Routh Hall, Bromsgrove School. Tickets, priced £6, are available from Foto Factory in Bromsgrove High Street (close to The Post Office) or by telephoning 0121 445 5005 or 0121 453 3034 and at our local history group meetings.

Engineering the Past

Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th April

11.00a.m - 4.00p.m.

An exhibition and performances exploring working life in Redditch 1939-1964 being held at Forge Mill Needle Museum, Redditch (NB: Not a Bromsgrove Society event)

For further details see their flyer

Bromsgrove Rousler 2013

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The 2013 edition of The Bromsgrove Rousler is now available. This year’s articles include the secret war work of the Bromsgrove Guild, the beginnings of the Women’s Institute on Bromsgrove station, the story of the rescued nailer’s cottage (soon to be erected at Avoncroft Museum), and much more.

As well as being sold through local outlets, this year, for the first time, the Rousler is also available as a paid download. Back issues are also available to download.

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