Local and Social History Programme - 2016

January 15th

Training to be a Nurse

Kidderminster Workhouse from 1753


February 19th     

" From Institutional Care to Care in the Community"

Life at Lea Castle Hospital and Beyond

1982 - 1989  and  1993 - 2007

The Public's perception of "Disability"


March 11th



Tour of Kidderminster Town Hall    3pm  prompt

Talk by Kidderminster's Mayor,  Mrs Rose Bishop.

Guided tour by Bob Fleming ex Mayor's officer

Hear about the famous William Hill organ from organist Tim Morris.

Tour will last no more than 2 hours

March 18th

All about Kidderminster     Talk and DVD

Money for the Back to Backs visit and NT cards to be shown at this meeting please.

Cheques payable to National Trust or Cash accepted.

March 20th

Kidderminster Town Walk      morning & afternoon


April 8th

Afternoon Visit

Guided tour of the Back to Back Houses in Birmingham

First tour will begin at 1pm, and then at 10 min intervals, in groups of 8.

There is a shop and museum which you can browse while waiting for your group.

Bring NT cards if a member.
Please arrive promptly 12.50pm.
Cost £7.85 for non NT members.
Tour will last for one & half hours.

There is a car park directly opposite.
Please car share if possible to
allow all members to attend,
especially the non drivers.

April 15th

Social Housing and Homelessness

Talk about the Use of the Tunnels


May 13th

Morning Visit

Guided Tour of Drakelow Tunnels   11am prompt.  Photography allowed

Parking details to come.

Please wear warm clothing and bring a torch.

Cost £10 each, tour will last one and half hours



May 20th

The Carpet Industry

The Implications of Statutory Redundancies

Memories and Memorabillia of the Industry     


Friday 10th June

Visit to Kidderminster Museum of Carpet

Refreshments and Opening Talk

History of the Carpet Industry

Demonstration of working looms

Guided tour of the museum

Cost £6 each     1pm start

This is your local museum charting the heyday of the carpet industry

June 17th

Your chance to talk, express views about anything local, historical or present day.

" A nostalgic look back at the 1950's"

"What did they think about us?"

Memories of 2 workers from Drakelow Tunnels


July 15th


   "The History of Bewdley"

  "Memories of Bewdley Streets and Houses"

  " The Missionary of Bewdley"

July 17th  A walk around Bewdley

 Starting from Gardeners Meadow Car Park

90 mins free parking.    Walk begins at 10.30am

 Friday  19th August

Visit to the Museum of Lost Content.

Visit to Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

Craven Arms

Voted the best British museum of Social History.

3 floors crammed with everything that we all have used or worn, but thrown away.

Leaving Brinton's Park at 10am

Calling in at the Ludlow Food Centre on the way home.

Money to be paid before the end of July please.

Sept 16th

   "All about the History of Stourport"

   "Memories from members about Stourport"

Please bring your questions and requests ready for the November meeting.
Sept 18th  Walk around Stourport Town and Marina

  Starting at 10.30am   Please park in Vale road carpark.  where parking is free for 90mins

Sept 25th   Walk and talk round the Drakelow area by 2 members who grew up in this area. Please meet at 10.30am.  Drive to the traffic lights in Wolverley village, turn left into Drakelow lane, carry on along the lane until the crossroads, turn right and park tidily along that road.  Walk will last about an hour.
  Oct  21st

  " Life in Retailing, pre decimalisation"

  Show and tell by members of Retail items.

  Retail and Housing costs


  Nov  18th

   Question and Answer Session about Wartime

  Activities and Memorabillia

,Meeting led by 2 invited U3A  members. 

   Questions and requests needed on the September meeting.   e.g  medals, battles regiments paperwork etc.

  Dec  16th

   Christmas  Lunch and Entertainment

   1pm start