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.
Next PHHS meeting:
Thursday 7 February 2019
Navigating the Avon, by Clive Matthews
see also News and Events
Contacts: see Contacts page for updates
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THE CENTRE IS CLOSED FOR THE WINTER.
It will open in mid April 2019. In the meantime, you can contact us via email or by post - see the Contacts page.
Thank you to all the volunteer stewards who gave their time and energy during 2018.
Many thanks to all those who visited the Centre. We had a successful year, with an increase in the number of visitors and some wonderful comments in the Visitors' Book. A number of enquiries occurred in the last few weeks, and we'll endeavour to reply to them as soon as possible.
A highlight for the Centre was a visit by Class 4 of Abbey Park First School and their teacher and helpers, to see the Pershore in the Great War exhibition. The enthusiasm of the children for stories about local people was good to see, and it underlines the value of a local Heritage Centre such as ours in Pershore.
If any schools or groups would like to visit the Centre next year, please contact us via the Contacts page.
New displays are in preparation by the HC team, and we'll keep you updated on progress.
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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. Copies of the book are available from the Heritage Centre.
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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.
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 is now known as Belle House restaurant.
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: www.wlhf.org.uk, 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 are included.
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.
PHC volunteers and PHHS members are writing short articles for publication each month. Copies (free) available from 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.
Previous articles will be listed soon.