Pershore Heritage and History Society

Welcome to the website for the PHHS and the Heritage Centre. Pershore Heritage and History Society organises talks on history (visitors welcome), and outings for its members.

The Heritage Centre (in the Town Hall, 34 High Street) is managed by the PHHS and is entirely staffed and run by volunteers. The aim is to preserve and celebrate the rich heritage of this small market town in the Vale of Evesham, Worcestershire. The medieval Abbey and Bridge and the fine Georgian buildings are now the most striking features of the town but the Heritage Centre explores many different aspects of life in the area.

Please note that this website is still under construction, and pages will be added over the coming months.

Next PHHS meeting:

Thursday 4 October 2018, Wulstan Hall, Pershore, 7.30pm

'Georgian Worcestershire'

by Paul Harding

30 September 2018: outing to Leicester to see the Richard III exhibition - see News and Events

Please note: there are still no further details (as of 19 September) about the outings in September and October.

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Heritage Centre - opening will extend into November 2018, to mark the end of the centenary of the Great War. Details of days and times tba.

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PHHS members took part in a project called WW1 in the Vale and received HLF-funding (2015-2016). Some of that research and the activities we took part in will be included on this website.

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Anyone with connections to Pershore, through their family or by having lived in the area, is encouraged to contact us and share your information (see Contacts). The PHC has a large collection of folders compiled by volunteers on a variety of subjects, including families, places, local villages, and buildings. All are available to view by visitors and researchers.

Latest News

Pershore Heritage Centre is open, with a new look and all-new displays.

It will remain open in September and October during the advertised times, then in November it will be open for limited days leading up to Armistice Day.

Further details will be available on the Heritage Centre page.

25th anniversary of PHHS

The two societies for Heritage and History, formed in 1993, were merged in 1994 to form Pershore Heritage and History Society. The Heritage Centre was opened the following year, at No.5a Bridge Street, next door to No.5 which was the old fire station and now known as Belle House restaurant.

We hope to mark the anniversary with events during 2019.

Those of us at the Heritage Centre have an idea for a project involving Society members, but perhaps local residents will like to join in. Some details will be put on this website in the next few days.


PHHS is a member society of the Worcestershire Local History Forum. A month-by-month guide to member societies' events is downloadable from the Forum's website:, and a hard copy will be kept in the Heritage Centre for local people (without internet access) to consult. The list is updated regularly and PHHS talks will hopefully be included in a forthcoming edition.

Worcestershire Remembers:

Pershore Heritage Centre took part in 'Worcestershire Remembers' at Worcester Guildhall on Saturday 4 August 2018.

The event was part of the commemorations of the last year of the Great War. It featured many WW1 projects that have taken place in the county over the last four years. About 1,000 visitors looked at the displays, and we had many interesting conversations about the PHC material.

Pershore Times:

PHC volunteers and PHHS members are writing short articles for publication each month. Copies (free) available from Asda, local shops and supermarkets, and from the publisher, Hughes & Co, entrance from Pershore Market car park.

September 2018: 'Pershore Heritage Centre: Scouts and Yeomanry' by Susanne Atkin.

The article highlights the Boy Scouts and the Pershore Troop of the Worcestershire Yeomanry who feature in the current Great War exhibition at the Centre.