Pershore Heritage Centre

The Heritage Centre is located on the first floor of Pershore Town Hall on the High Street (a lift is available). Look for the Georgian soldier outside the building! It comprises two rooms of displays, and a series of files containing supporting study material.


FREE ADMISSION


OPENING TIMES - closed for the winter 2019/20; re-open Easter(ish) 2020

Wed - Thurs 10.30am-3.30pm

Friday 10.30am-1.00pm

Saturday 11.00-2.00pm


Look for the Georgian soldier standing outside the town hall door - and don't forget to look for the original, smaller figure in the Heritage Centre.


The Heritage Centre contains a varied collection of objects, memorabilia, history, and social history mostly related to Pershore and surrounding villages. Associated study material such as documents, photographs, notes, and family histories are held in over 100 folders in the smaller room and are available for visitors to consult. New folders were purchased thanks to our HLF-funded project, WW1 in the Vale. We would like residents, new incomers, and visitors to think of PHC as a useful local resource.


The Heritage Centre is cared for and managed by volunteers who will be pleased to offer any help they can, and will try to answer any queries. If you would be interested in becoming involved in the Heritage Centre as a steward, please see the Contacts page.


A number of books on local history are available to purchase, including collections of photographs compiled by the late Marion Freeman, a past chairperson of the Society.


Pershore Heritage Centre is an important local resource for all the community, and we need your support. Our aim for 2019 and 2020 and beyond is to engage with more local people, particularly schools and heritage groups.


If any teachers would be interested in working with us on local history projects do please get in touch.


PERSHORE HERITAGE CENTRE 2019


PHC re-opened Wednesday 17 April 2019 with new displays. Tony has been re-organising and updating the files containing an enormous amount of information about Pershore and the local area: people, villages, events, newspaper cuttings, photographs, memories. We have some objects on display that haven't seen the light of day for some years; we also have objects that frankly we don't know how they were used - so if you know, please tell us.


After a complete re-organisation of the space in 2018 the main display was Souvenirs and Remembrance: Pershore before, during and after the Great War, featuring two extraordinary decades in the history of Pershore, from the end of the 19th-century and the Boer War to the Great War. This year, we will follow on from that.


Aftermath

Returning soldiers were promised 'homes fit for heroes' so we look at some of the post-war living conditions - basically the same as before the war: for many of the townspeople there was no electricity, no sanitation, no running water, and what water there was was mostly unfit to use.


Into the 1920s and 1930s

Aspects of Pershore life and key events, including images, objects, documents, and memories. Read what members of Pershore High School Debating Society were discussing in the 1930s - it might surprise you.

A draper went to war with the Pershore Troop of Yeomanry, he was captured on Easter Day 1916 and became a prisoner of war in Turkey; when he returned to Pershore he resumed his drapery business, and then a second world war broke out, and he joined the Civil Defence Service.

Read the experiences of some others who lived through two world wars. There's also a feature about drapers in the town with associated artefacts.


1944: 75th anniversaries of D-Day (June) and the Home Guard Stand Down (December).

There's disappearing American GIs, training in Tiddesley Wood, long wooden poles in Weir Meadow, and diamond-cutting in a nearby village - you just never know what you'll find at the Heritage Centre.

If your family took part in D-Day, or were members of the local Home Guard or the Civil Defence Services, please share your stories and memories with us.


Archaeology and Trades

Features objects found locally, from fossils to footwear.

A medieval cooking pot was recycled as ... you'll have to visit to find out!

Three stones found locally - but could they have been used as tools thousands of years ago?


Photography in Pershore

Inspired by the 40th anniversary of the death of William Ward Dowty, chemist and photographer.


Hidden

Inspired by the children's shoes found hidden behind a hearth in a house in Newlands. Those things that fall between floorboards, or that get lost, or that were buried to be retrieved later; the features the Georgians tried to hide. What else lay hidden in Pershore?



If anyone has any information about objects that have been found in Pershore, perhaps while digging the garden, or during house renovations, please do contact us. Pottery and clay tobacco pipes are often amongst the items found in gardens or in connection with former public houses.


Trades represented include cabinet-making tools and a collection of shoemaking tools. We would love to hear from people who still own an old item made in the town - perhaps by the blacksmith at 102 High Street, or Cosnett the cabinet maker on the High Street.

We would be interested to hear stories about houses or tradespeople that used to be in the town, or the people who lived in streets and houses that no longer exist - and if you have any photos that you'd allow us to copy for the PHC that would be brilliant.


From the Heritage Centre Team