Redditch Town Walks Update

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. These can be found at … [Read more…]

Redditch Walks Update

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 … [Read more…]

Exhibition at Forge Mill Needle Museum Gallery – ‘The River Arrow flowing through Redditch History’

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 … [Read more…]

Forge Mill Needle Museum Heritage Open Day on Sunday 9th September

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, … [Read more…]

Redditch Carnival video 1951.

There’s a nice bit of film on the British Film Institute website of the Redditch Carnival of 1951. With much bowing and curtseying the new carnival queen of Redditch takes her place on what appears to be a giant wedding cake. The film is available at the BFI player for free at …. https://player.bfi.org.uk/free/film/watch-redditch-carnival-1951-1951-online

Fulke Greville Festival 2018

The Fulke Greville Festival 2018 is a celebration of the history, poetry, music, life and legacy of Sir Fulke Greville (1554-1628), Alcester’s most famous Elizabethan figure. As 2018 marks the 400th anniversary of his funding of Alcester Town Hall and the 390th anniversary of his death, a calendar of special events will bring to life … [Read more…]

Update of Redditch Walks website

I have completely redesigned the Redditch Walks website, as part of my www.exploreredditch.org.uk websites, to give an improved usability and make it more suitable for small screen applications such as smart phones. To simplify the site, I have decided to concentrate on the five walks starting at the town centre and the three walks covering … [Read more…]

James Keir (1735-1820)

James Keir (1735-1820) Industrial Pioneer and Lunar Man Among the ‘Forgotten’ players of the Industrial Revolution in the West Midlands stands James Keir. Keir was a fascinating figure – A true Renaissance man – much of whose life remains undiscovered. Today he is primarily remembered as a chemist and industrialist, but Keir was also a … [Read more…]