History

The History Group hold a variety of Meetings combining Outside Speakers, Members' Research, Day Visits and an enjoyable Christmas lunch and quiz at our December meeting.   Each year we also include a couple of Study Tours by coach or air for those who are interested.

Meetings take place on the first Monday of the month 2pm - 4pm, at Holy Innocents Community Hall, at the junction of Sutton Park Road and Stourport Road, Kidderminster, DY11 6LA.  See Map

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The History Group is a member of The Worcestershire Local History Forum, Website and Newsletter here.

Here are the members and roles of the History Team

 

Please Note: The History Group is full at present.

History Programme - 2017

Meetings take place from 2pm - 4pm, at Holy Innocents Community Hall, at the junction of Sutton Park Road and Stourport Road, Kidderminster, DY11 7BD.   See Map

Mon 2nd Jan:

Meeting

Speakers: Vaious members

Topic: Cities of the Baltic

 

Thurs 23rd Feb:

Meeting

Speaker: Max Keene

Topic: Alfred the Great

Max will talk about Alfred the Great and how he defeated the Danes

Report

Mon 6th Mar:

Meeting

Speaker: Paul Harding

Topic: Sir Edward Elgar

Paul will speak to us about Sir Edward Elgar and his haunts in Worcester.

 

Sun 12th - Tues 14th Mar:

Study Tour

Residential Study Tour to Liverpool area, including  avisit to Port Sunlight and Speke Hall.  

Mon  3rd April:

Meeting

Speaker: Melvyn Thompson

Topic: Victorian Kidderminster

Melvyn, a regular speaker, will give us more insights it into Kidderminster.

Report

Mon 1st May:

No Meeting

No Meeting because of Bank Holiday  

Fri 12th May:

Day Visit

Coach trip to Tutbury Castle and talk on Mary Queen of Scots. Report

Mon 5th June:

Meeting

Speaker: Pat Green

Topic: Harvington Hall

Pat, in costume, will talk about life in Tudor times

 
June, (date to be confirmed) Social Event: Evenng Visit to Monmore Green, Wolverthampton home of Dog Racing.  

Mon 3rd July:

Meeting

Speaker: Mark Baldwin

Topic: The Code Breakers of Bletchley Park

Mark will speak about Bletchley Park and the Battle for the Atlantic

Report

Tues 11th July:

Day Visit

Coach trip to Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire Report

Mon 7th August:

Meeting

Speaker: Dr Kate Round

Topic: The role of Women in the Glass Industry

 

Mon 21st August:

Day Visit

Coach Tour of Herefordshire's historic Black and White Villages Report

Mon 4th Sept:

Meeting

Speaker: Brian Draper

Topic: The River Wye Part 2

This regular speaker will give his usual entertaining presentation.

 

Sun Sept 24th - Thurs Sept 28th:

Study Tour

Residential Study Tour to Cornwall, including visits to various places of interest. Report

Mon 2nd Oct:

Meeting

Speaker: Howard Robinson

Topic: Oliver  Cromwell and the Battle of Worcester

An informed account of this significant event given by a direct descendent of Oliver Cromwell.

Report

Fri October 6th:

10th Anniversary Celebration

Visit to Avoncroft Open Air Museum, with lunch Report

Mon 6th Nov:

Meeting

Speakers: Various Members:

A variety of Topics chosen and presented by members.

 

Mon 4th Dec

Lunch

Christmas Buffet Lunch  

 

History Programme - 2016

Meetings take place from 2pm - 4pm, at Holy Innocents Community Hall, at the junction of Sutton Park Road and Stourport Road, Kidderminster, DY11 7BD.  See Map

Mon 4 Jan:

  Meeting

Members’ Research Projects. 

Topic: Vienna.

Martin Delahay and other Members will speak about aspects of the history of Vienna.

 

Wed 17 Feb:

  Meeting

Guest Speaker: Max Keen.

Topic: The Anglo-Zulu War.

Max Keen, dressed in the 24th Regiment of Foot, will talk about Rorkes Drift. (Film - Zulu).

PLEASE NOTE: CHANGE FROM USUAL DAY OF MONTH.

 

Mon 7 Mar:

  Meeting

Guest Speaker: Paul Harding.

Topic: The Georgians.

The Georgians can be a neglected period, but Paul will bring it to life for us.

 

Sun 13 Mar

 to Mon 14 Mar:

 Study Tour

Overnight Residential Tour to London, staying in a Knightsbridge hotel.

Includes a trip to Greenwich and a tour of the House of Commons.

 

Mon 4 April:

  Meeting

Guest Speaker: Stephen Crossland.

Topic: The History of Flaxmill.

The History of the historic Flaxmill, in Shrewsbury.

This talk will be connected to the visit to the Flaxmill in May.

 

Mon 2 May:

NO Meeting

 

Mon 9 May:

 Day Visit

Visit to Flaxmill and Shrewsbury. 

Flaxmill: this English Heritage property dates from the end of the 18th Century. 

Shrewsbury: an opportunity to visit the Castle, Abbey and follow the Brother Cadfael Trail.

 

Mon 6 Jun:

  Meeting

Guest Speaker: Ellie Targett.

Topic: Norway. 

Ellie returns to tell the story of Norwegian Heritage, Customs and Famous Norwegians.

Report

Thu 9 Jun

 to Mon 13 Jun:

 Study Tour

5 Day Residential Study Tour to Lincoln.

Including en-route Leicester Cathedral for Richard III tomb and Museums.

In Lincoln visiting the Castle and Cathedral and Burghley House
and RAF Scampton (617 Squadron Dam Busters), nearby.

Report

Mon 4 Jul:

  Meeting

Guest Speaker: Mike Carter.

Topic: George Yourdi and the Elan Valley Dams.

Report

Fri 15 Jul:

 Day Visit

Visit to Birmingham.

Visiting the Museum for the fabulous Staffordshire Hoard and also the opportunity
to eat in the newly restored Edwardian Tea Rooms.

Also visiting the last surviving court of Back-to-Backs built in the 1840’s
and rescued by the National Trust.

 

Mon 1 Aug:

  Meeting

Guest Speaker: Andrew Lound.

Topic: Keeping the Troops on Track.

Metro Cammell at War.

 

Mon 15 Aug:

  Day Visit

Visit to Tyntesfield.

An extraordinary Gothic Revival extravaganza, bristling with towers and turrets,
managed by the National Trust.  T
his property is near Bristol.

 

Mon 5 Sep:

  Meeting

Guest Speaker: Brian Draper.

Topic: The River Wye Part 1.

Brian, a regular speaker, will inform and entertain us in a similar way to
his talks on the River Severn.

Report

Tue 13 Sep:

  Day Visit

Afternoon Visit 1:30pm: Drakelow Tunnels. 

The ‘Shadow’ factory making vital supplies for the War Effort
and the Cold War Bunker.

 

Sat 1 Oct

  to Fri 14 Oct:

   Cruise

Baltic Cruise visiting many capital cities of the Baltic Nations, visiting Stockholm, Berlin, Tallinn and St Petersburg.

 

Mon 3 Oct:

  Meeting

Members’ Research Projects. 

A variety of topics chosen by and of interest to Members presented by the Members.

 

Mon 7 Nov:

  Meeting

Guest Speaker: Derek Clarke.

Topic: Tyntesfield.

Following the August visit, this talk is about a Victorian Gothic Revival extravaganza and makes a fascinating subject.

Report

Mon 5 Dec:

  Meeting

Christmas Buffet Lunch at the Aggborough Suite,

Kidderminster Harriers Football Club.

 

 

History Programme - 2015

Meetings take place from 2pm - 4pm, at Holy Innocents Community Hall, at the junction of Sutton Park Road and Stourport Road, Kidderminster, DY11 7BD.  See Map

Mon 5 Jan:

  Meeting

Brian Draper: "River Severn Part 2"

Brian will continue his presentation on the River Severn,
from Bridgnorth to the Bristol Channel

 

Wed 18 Feb:

  Meeting

Change of date

Max Keen: "Richard III -  Hero? Murderer? Loyal brother?"

Popular local Historian Max Keen, complete with armour and weapons,
presents the arguments for and against the notoriety of King Richard III

Report

Mon 2 Mar:

  Meeting

Jo Roche: "Pioneers in Petticoats"

Jo returns to give a presentation on Kidderminster Girls’ Grammar School

Report

Sun 8 Mar
    to 9 Mar:

  Study Tour

2 Day Study Tour to City of Bath, Salisbury and Stonehenge.

Overnight stay with Dinner, Bed & Breakfast.

Itinerary

Mon 13 Apr:

  Meeting

"The Magic Carpet"

The history of knotted carpets

Report

Mon 11 May:

  Meeting

Paul Harding: "The Normans in Worcestershire"

Paul, who gave an excellent guided tour of Worcester City in 2014,
explores the Norman heritage in our County.

Report

Mon 1 Jun:

  Meeting

Ellie Targett – from BBC Radio H&W: "Another Man’s Shoes"

Ellie tells the story of her father’s escape from Norway during
the German Occupation in WW2

Report

Tue 23 Jun
    to 27 Jun:

  Study Tour

5 Day Study Tour to Vienna with a Tour Manager.

Visiting this beautiful Grand Imperial central European city,
including Schoenbrunn Palace and Hofburg. Ample free time

Report

Mon 6 Jul:

  Meeting

Group Members’ Presentations on Historical Properties in Yorkshire

Prior to Yorkshire Study Tour

 

Mon 13 Jul:

  Day Visit

Chatsworth House and Gardens

An historic estate set in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside

 

Mon 3 Aug:

  Meeting

Carole Clements. "The Arctic Convoy in WW2"

The ocean going supply convoys from the UK
and North America to the Soviet Union

 

Mon 17 Aug:

  Day Visit

St Fagan’s National History Museum of Wales

A collection of historical buildings in a beautiful setting

 

Mon 7 Sep:

  Meeting

Tim Porter: "The Marcher Lords"

Highlighting the conflict and control of the Welsh-English border
in the Norman and Plantagenet eras

 

Thu 10 Sep
    to 14 Sep:

  Study Tour

5 Day Study Tour to Yorkshire

Staying in Harrogate, including York,
Bosworth battlefield and Nunnington Hall

 

Mon 5 Oct:

  Meeting

Dennis Plant and Geoff Bayley: "The Worcestershire Regiment"

In the First World War

 

Mon 12 Oct:

  Day Visit

Goodrich Castle and the historic town of Ross-on-Wye

 

Mon 2 Nov:

  Meeting

Members' Research Projects

A variety of topics chosen by and of interest to Members
presented by the Members

Report

Mon 7 Dec:

  Meeting

Christmas Buffet Lunch at the Aggborough Suite

Kidderminster Harriers Football Club

 

 

History Programme - 2014

Meetings take place from 2pm - 4pm, at Holy Innocents Community Hall, at the junction of Sutton Park Road and Stourport Road, Kidderminster, DY11 7BD.              See Map

 

Mon 6 Jan:

Meeting

Roy Peacock:

"1914 - All over by Christmas"

Report

Mon 3 Feb:

Meeting

Brian Jeffries:

"Richard Baxter"

Report

Mon 3 Mar:

Meeting

Diana Clutterbuck:

"Young Diarist of Hartlebury"

Report

Tue 25 Mar:

Educational Visit

Ironbridge & Blists Hill

 

Mon 7 Apr:

Meeting

Melvyn Thompson:

"Kidderminster & Stourport Tramway"

 

Mon 12 May:

Meeting

Jo Roche:

"Abberley Hall"

Report
Tue 20 May: Educational Visit Severn Valley Railway & Bridgnorth Report
Mon 2 Jun: Meeting

Historical Properties in Kent

 
Thur 19 Jun
    to 23 Jun:
Study Tour

Kent

Details & Itinerary
Mon 7 Jul: Meeting

Brian Draper:

"River Severn Part 1"

 

TBA Jul:

Educational Visit

Eastnor Castle

 
Mon 4 Aug: This Meeting will be held in St George's Church

Melvyn Thompson:

"St Georges Church"

Please note, this meeting will cost £2 each, for the talk and refreshments.
Mon 18 Aug: Educational Visit Worcester Cathedral & City Walk  
Mon 1 Sep: Meeting

Richard Perrin:

"A River Runs Through It"

 
Mon 29 Sep: TBC Educational Visit Cardiff  
Mon 6 Oct: Meeting

Mike Carter:

"Local Industrial History"

 
Mon 3 Nov: Meeting Members' Research Projects  
Mon 1 Dec: Meeting

Christmas Shared Lunch

1pm for 1.30pm start

 

History Programme - 2013

Meetings take place from 2pm - 4pm, at Holy Innocents Community Hall, at the junction of Sutton Park Road and Stourport Road, Kidderminster, DY11 7BD.              See Map

Mon 7 Jan:

Meeting

Mark Rowe:

"Battle of Bewdley"

Report

Mon 4 Feb:

Meeting

Carole Clements:

"Sir John Mucknell - The English Pirate"

Report

Mon 4 Mar:

Meeting

Brian Draper:
"Ironbridge"

Report

Mon 8 Apr:

Meeting

David Skitt:

"Severn Valley Railway"

Report

Thu 18 Apr:

Educational Visit

Hereford Cider Museum & Cathedral

Report

Mon 13 May:

Meeting

Roy Peacock:

"Ernest and Mary Stevens"

Report
Mon 3 Jun: Meeting

David Bills:

"Kinver Rock Houses"

Report
Mon 10 Jun: Educational Visit

Southwell Minster and Workhouse 

Report

Mon 1 Jul:

Walk

Melvyn Thompson:

"Kidderminster Town Walk".

Group A: 10.30am; Group B: 2pm

Report
Mon 15 Jul - 19 Jul: Study Tour

Belfast 

Report

Mon 22 Jul:

Walk

Melvyn Thompson:

"Kidderminster Town Walk".

Group C: 2pm

Report
Mon 5 Aug: Educational Visit The National Memorial Arboretum  
Mon 2 Sep: Meeting

Colin Pitt:

"History of Cadburys"

Report
Mon 7 Oct: Meeting

Heather Flack:

"History on our Doorstep"

 
Wed 16 Oct: Educational Visit Waddesdon Manor Report
Mon 4 Nov: Meeting Members' Research Projects  
Mon 2 Dec: Meeting AGM and Shared Lunch (1pm for 1.30pm start)  

   

History Programme - 2012

 Click on Report to read about the Event.

Mon 9 Jan:

Meeting

Melvyn Thompson:

"Woven in Kidderminster"

 

Mon 6 Feb:

Meeting

Christine Penny:

"The Hurd Library"

 

Mon 5 Mar:

Day Visit

Morgan Car Factory, Malvern.

Report

Mon 2 Apr:

Meeting

Barbara Middlemass:

"John Corbett - Salt King"

 

Sun 29 Apr - 3 May:

Study Tour

Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight

 

Mon 7 May:

Day Visit

Chateau Impney, Droitwich.

 

Mon 11 Jun:

Meeting

Rev Gary Ward:

"Captain Foley"

 

Mon 2 Jul:

Meeting

Mike Watkins:

"Titanic - A Family Story"

 
Wed 4 Jul: Day Visit

Hardwick Hall

Report

Mon 6 Aug:

Meeting

Melvyn Thompson:

"Mills and Tall Chimneys"

 
Fri 24 Aug: Day Visit

Boscobel House and Wightwick Manor

Report

Mon 3 Sep:

Meeting

Talks / Slides - Past Excursions:

Dennis Plant: "Ypres"      Keith Prince: "Florence"

Report

Mon 1 Oct:

Meeting

Roy Peacock: 

"The 17th Century Foleys"

Report
Thu 18 Oct: Day Visit

Windsor Castle

Report

Mon 5 Nov:

Meeting

Reports on Research Projects

Report

Mon 3 Dec:

Meeting

Shared Lunch and Quiz.