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.
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.
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