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Bromsgrove Society Autumn Programme

The Bromsgrove Society's local history meetings resume in September. The first three meetings in our autumn programme are:

  • 21st September 2021: A Glove Affair: A History of Glove Making in Worcester. Speaker: David Nash  
    David works with the Worcestershire Museums Service and opens our Autumn season with insights into the history of this ancient local industry.
    LHG Talk 21Sept
    Register for Zoom talk here

Bromsgrove Society and the Court Leet are joint hosts for an additional talk:

  • Monday 27th September at 7.30pm: The Battle of Worcester. Speaker: Richard Shaw
    Richard Shaw, Chairman of the Battle of Worcester Society will give a talk to commemorate 370 years since the Civil War Battle which took place on 3 September 1651. Richard has said he will concentrate on links to Worcestershire and Warwickshire to keep the talk relevant for our Courts. The talk is free to watch online but registration is required.

    2021 BattleOfWorcester

    Register for Zoom talk here


  • 28th September 2021: Around the UK in Classic Railway Posters. Speaker: Jane Ellis       
    The first of two additional meetings this autumn, outside the usual third-Tuesday cycle. Sit back in your armchair whilst Jane takes us on a guided tour around Britain’s iconic railway posters. Almost as good as a real holiday!
    LHG Talk 28Sept
    Register for Zoom talk here
  • 19th October 2021: Hubble Bubble!: Witchcraft in Worcestershire. Speaker: Douglas Smith
    An early reminder that Hallowe’en is only a few days away. Douglas regales us with local stories of “real” Worcestershire wiches.
    Registration will open three weeks before the meeting.

See the full programme here.

As the public health situation is still uncertain, the Society will continue to hold its local history meetings online via the Zoom platform, at least until the end of the year. We hope to return to the Methodist Centre from January 2022.

If you have enjoyed our talks and wish to support our work, you can contribute to the Bromsgrove Society using the button below.

Latest Newsletter

The Bromsgrove Society Newsletter


The September 2021 issue of the Society's newsletter is now available, containing details of:

  • Autumn and Winter Events programmes
  • Bromsgrove Court Leet Assizes
  • Developments in Responsive Transport
  • Memories of Shenstone College
  • Heritage Open Days
  • Planning and Environment Updates
  • ...and more!

Click the links to download the September Newsletter (PDF format).


Perryfields & Whitford Vale

The Bromsgrove Society urges planners to reject applications on Perryfields and the Greyhound Junction

The Bromsgrove Society was extremely disappointed when the planning inspector went against the recommendations of the District Council, Whitford Vale Voice and the Society and granted outline permission for a development on Whitford Vale.

Since that decision, the developers for Perryfields and the Greyhound Inn have submitted new applications to the Council and have appealed to the planning inspector. The Bromsgrove Society has reviewed the plans and appeal documents and concludes that the applications and appeal should be refused on grounds of highways and heritage. In a 6 page document the Society outlined the issues with the highways and a 3 page document focused on the heritage aspects of the Greyhound Inn which developers want to demolish.


Subscription to the History of Bromsgrove Book


The book will be published later this year in both hardback and paperback versions.
Further details will be released in due course.

To commemorate the Bromsgrove Society's 40th Anniversary, the Executive is planning to produce a new publication.

Provisionally entitled 'A History of Bromsgrove', the book will cover the history of the town and district from earliest times through to the present day based on the latest research. Local historians Jenny Townshend and Julian Hunt are hard at work on the text and the book will be lavishly illustrated with drawings, maps and photographs. Publication is scheduled for Summer 2020.

Click Read More to sign up as a Subscriber.


Bromsgrove Rousler 2020

2020 Rousler smThe latest edition of the Bromsgrove Rousler, the popular local history magazine, is now available. The 2020 edition – number 35 in the series – once again features a fascinating mix of personalities and events that have helped shape Bromsgrove’s history. Ideal lockdown reading!

Topics in this year’s Rousler are:

  • The History of Bromsgrove Fair
  • Titanic - the Worcestershire Connection
  • Bromsgrove's Post-War Housing Crisis
  • Bromsgrove and the Priestley Riots of 1791
  • Memories of Lickey End
  • Lickey End in Old Photographs.

    Members will receive their copies shortly.  Find a local stockist. Click Read More to purchase and for our special offer on back issues.


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