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 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 6 June
see News and Events
Thank you to all the members of U3A Swindon who visited the HC. It was lovely to meet you all. We hope you've all warmed up by now!
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As from 17 April 2019 THE CENTRE IS OPEN.
Opening days and times are on the Heritage Centre page.
You can contact us via email or by post - see the Contacts page.
Directions to the HC are on this website, and don't forget to look for the 'Georgian soldier' outside the town hall door which indicates when the Centre is open.
The Heritage Centre Team would like to invite groups from local schools and history organisations, and from other organisations such as U3A, to visit us during the year. We can offer you a day when the Centre is closed to visitors, during either the open season or after we close for the winter in November. Please see the Contacts page.
The HC is now on Facebook and Instagram, which means I'm on a learning curve - so please be patient! More news soon. (Sue)
2018 at the Heritage Centre
Thank you to all the volunteer stewards who gave their time and energy during 2018, through snow storms and excess heat.
Many thanks to all those who visited the Centre. We had a successful year in 2018, with an increase in the number of visitors and some wonderful comments in the Visitors' Book.
A highlight 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.
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PHC/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 History Society and the Heritage Centre group were both formed in 1993, then 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 the then town council offices at No.5; it had been the old fire station (an image is on display at the Centre) 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.