I had an interesting morning on Saturday 25th May with the Scour team and artist Andrew Howe exploring the historic landscape of the Bordesley Abbey site. This one of the range of workshops organised by the Scour team which can be found at http://www.forgemill.org.uk/web/events/
The participants were a nice group and it was a pleasure to
explain the history of the area during the walk. The walk is only 2 miles (3 km)
but we took about 2 hours to cover the terrain as the purpose was to thoroughly
explore the terrain and the relationship to its history. For me, it was
excellent to interact with such a motivated group.
In the afternoon they went on to make some interesting
artwork and it is planned to publish a small magazine about the walk which will
include these and some of the history.
I am involved in the one day art work and workshop at Forge
Mill on the 25th May 2019 where we explore the local landscape with
a gentle 2 hour walk with myself and artist Andrew Howe followed by a workshop.
Details can be found on the poster and from the Scour website (above)
The image was taken by the late Philip Davis, who was for
many years the Local Historian at Redditch Public Library (a post that has long
since disappeared), and a stalwart supporter of the history of our town.
This is specifically designed to support the activities of
the Forge Mill Needle Museum http://www.forgemill.org.uk/
from the point of view of the volunteers at the museum who are active in
promoting the Abbey ruins.
Next year we are planning to have a special weekend; Bordesley Weekend’, linked to the ‘Festival of Archaeology; organised by the Council for British Archaeology http://www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/
I have now completed the update of the walks on the www.redditchwalks.org.uk website with the five town walks. These are five walks covering a walk around the town centre and four walks starting at the centre and encompassing the areas to the North, South, East and West of the centre.
To coincide with the exhibition at Forge Mill Needle Museum, ‘The River Arrow – flowing through Redditch History’, I decided that I needed to update 3 history walks I created for the Arrow Valley Park at http://www.redditchwalks.org.uk/arrow.htm
I did a quick update to these walks into the new format which I have changed to but there were some problems. Particularly I created the PDF download files from a mix of A3 and A4 files. This meant that the pdf file was a bit ‘problematic’.
I have now resolved this and the download works as planned and can be printed individually as a 2-sided A4 sheet which can be folded into an A5 document. (see image)
The last exhibition for 2018 at Forge Mill Needle Museum Gallery is entitled ‘History that flows through the River Arrow’ and runs from Wednesday 24th October until Sunday 25th November.
This Redditch Local History Society exhibition is based on the talk I gave at the RLHS meeting in August this year concerning the history of this little river and its importance to the history of the town.
Using photographs, maps, drawings and other artefacts it describes the history of the River Arrow since it came into existence at the time of the last ice age nearly 12,000 years ago.
Over the following millennia, it has seen early man, the Roman invasion, the great Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, the Norman Conquest, the expansion of monasteries, the Industrial Revolution, the urbanisation of the population and the development of the modern ‘New Towns’.
The exhibition includes an original tapestry produced by Redditch Recorded in Art Group (RRTAG) and is entitled ‘’Remembered in Thread’.
I have also taken the opportunity to update my three Arrow Valley walks to a new format which you can find at http://www.redditchwalks.org.uk/
Details of opening times and entry costs can be found at the Forge Mill Needle Museum web site. http://www.forgemill.org.uk/
Forge Mill Needle Museum have their annual free entry Heritage Open Day on Sunday 9th September from 11am to 4pm.
Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,500 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers and is entirely Free. https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/forge-mill-museum
The event includes free entry to the whole site, tours of the Forge Mill Needle Museum and the Bordesley Abbey site by the Forge Mill volunteers, songs and music by Indigo Arts (ther Violettes), the ever-popular display of motor cycles by the regional Royal Enfield Owners Club, a display of working model boats by the Little Radford Model Boat Club, free entry to the current exhibition, ’The Language of Flowers’ by well-known textile artists, Hilary Beattie and Jenny Rolf, Redditch Local History Society will have a display based on their 2017 Archive exhibition and here will be children’s activities linked to the history of the area.
Refreshments are available at the Forge Mill volunteer run tea bar.
‘Deeds not Words’ – Forgotten Birmingham Suffragettes and Suffragists
The importance of Birmingham and the West Midlands in the story of women’s struggle for the vote has long been forgotten.
Now West Midlands History have turned a spotlight on the stories of the women who as suffragists devoted their lives to the cause and the suffragettes whose militant acts resulted in imprisonment and, often, force-feeding.
Dr Nicola Gauld highlights the importance of their struggle and discusses more in her important new book ‘Words and Deeds: Birmingham Suffragists and Suffragettes 1832-1918’