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The Bromsgrove Lecture, 2019

Bromsgrove on the Eve of War: Our Town and District in 1939,
presented by Pat Tansell with music from Orchestra of St John.


Tuesday, 16th April 2019 at 7.30 p.m.

With 2019 marking the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War, the 33rd Bromsgrove Lecture, hosted by the Bromsgrove Society, will look at how our town and district prepared for the conflict.

Pat will look at aspects of life in Bromsgrove during the late 1930s, focusing in particular on 1939. Topics will include A.R.P. and Home Front preparations, the arrival of evacuees and Jewish refugees and Bromsgrove's referendum on Sunday cinema opening.

The Orchestra of St John will play "Bromsgrove Fair" by Leslie Bridgewater. A light and cheery piece of music written in the 1930s and very much of its time. Such pieces were commissioned to raise the spirits of the nation and were continually played on the radio. The Bromsgrove Society are delighted to welcome the 25 piece orchestra to bring the sounds of the time back to life.

The event will once again be held at Routh Concert Hall, Bromsgrove School, B61 7HP. Doors open at 7p.m. for a 7.30p.m. start with open seating in the hall.

Tickets cost £6 and include a complimentary drink afterwards. Buy online from www.bromsgrove-school.co.uk/boxoffice.aspx or in person from FotoFactory, 123 High Street, Bromsgrove.

The Bromsgrove Summer School 2019


The Bromsgrove Summer School offers six courses over three days, 9-11th July, celebrating the rich agricultural, industrial, architectural and cultural history of Bromsgrove and district.

This year's topics are:

  • Alvechurch - A Market Town
  • The Housmans of Worcestershire & Gloucestershire
  • Morgan Motor Company
  • Worcester Street, Bromsgrove
  • The Civil War in Worcestershire
  • Restoration of 31 High Street, Droitwich

You can download the programme and booking form here.

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Local History Meeting, 30 April

From Hartlebury to Heaven: The Story of the Bishops of Worcester

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Speaker: Mary Arden-Davies

Bromsgrove is located in the Diocese of Worcester, so with palaces at nearby Alvechurch and Hartlebury, the history of the Bishops of Worcester is an important part of the story of this part of Worcestershire.


All meetings are held at the Methodist Centre, Stratford Road, Bromsgrove and commence at 7.45 p.m.
Free parking at the Methodist Centre.

Latest Newsletter


The Bromsgrove Society Newsletter

In the March 2019 issue:

  • Bromsgrove Summer School 2019
  • The Day Collection
  • Keep Bromsgrove Beautiful
  • Obituaries

Bromsgrove Rousler 2018

Rousler 2018smThe latest edition of the Bromsgrove Rousler, the popular local history magazine, is now available. The 2018 edition – number 33 in the series – is packed with interesting articles that open up new perspectives on Bromsgrove’s history.

Topics in this year’s Rousler include:

  • The Park Gate Inn: A Short History
  • Piper's Hill, Dodderhill Common, Hanbury Woods
  • Jean Davidson: A Life of Service
  • William Chance: A Brutal Wife Abuser
  • ‘Goldengrove’: A Poet’s Vision of His Local Roots (Part 2)
  • The Nick Hedges Collection
  • Book Reviews

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.

An index to all editions of the Rousler back to 1986 is available as a free download.


Upcoming Events

Buy Books Online

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A variety of books about Bromsgrove and the surrounding area is now available to purchase via our online bookstall.

We accept payment by credit/debit card or Paypal, using the Paypal gateway, or you can also pay by cheque.

You can browse the Bromsgrove Bookstall here.

Monuments and Meaning

Monuments and Meaning

Monuments and Meaning: An exploration of art and symbolism found among the sculptures in the Vernon Chapel with examples of antique jewellery

Organised by Hanbury Church, Saturday 27 April. Click for further details.

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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.

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