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 folders in the smaller room and are available for visitors to consult. New folders were recently 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 staffed by PHHS volunteers who will be pleased to offer any help they can, and will try to answer any queries. If you would be interested in volunteering 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 2018 is to engage with more local people, particularly schools and heritage groups. More information will be added during the next few months.
PHC closed at the end of October 2017 for the winter, and re-opens at Easter 2018.
New displays are being planned for 2018/19 which will involve re-organizing the spaces. We have a very busy few months ahead of us. You'll be kept up to date via this website, so do please check back for more information. PHHS meetings, of course, continue throughout the winter (see News and Events).
We will be putting together a new display on the archaeological and related material found locally and donated to the PHC. There have been a number of excavations and watching briefs in the town, and we want to take the opportunity of bringing this material together for display, with background material available for consultation by residents and visitors.
If anyone has any information about objects that have been found in Pershore, perhaps while digging the garden, or during house renovations, please do get in contact. Pottery and clay tobacco pipes are often amongst the items found in gardens or in connection with former public houses.
We would also be interested to hear stories about what people remember about sites that were excavated - the houses or businesses that were there, or the people who lived there - and if you have any photos that you'd allow us to copy for the PHC that would be brilliant.
Evidence of a Roman settlement were found on a site in Newlands. A 17th-century tanning site was found behind the High Street. 19th-century objects have been found hidden behind hearths, or in the roofs of houses to ward off evil.
More details about other displays to follow.