I have checked with ‘Site Analytics’ and in the last 30 days the site has had over 1,000 visitors, which makes the effort worthwhile and I hope that the site has proved useful in encouraging people to explore their local area.
I am currently working on several books related to Redditch
History. I am making these available as a free ‘flipbook’ or pdf download or as
a printed wire loop bound book for those who want a physical copy. The prices
quoted do not include p&p as I expect these to be purchased (or not) when I
do a talk.
I have now published the first two of these books which are:
Redditch History Walks which is eight circular walks around
Redditch ranging in length from 1 mile to 3.5 miles. There are five circular
walks starting from Redditch Town Centre and three for the Arrow Valley Park.
This is produced in A5 Landscape – 210mm (wide) * 148mm (high) has 38 pages
with colour illustrations, the printed book (loop wire bound) is £5.00.
Essays on Redditch History which has a range of essays
covering different aspects of the history of Redditch. It includes a timeline
of the history of the town and one relating specifically to WW2. This is in A5
Portrait – 148mm (wide) * 210mm (high) with 110 pages with b/w illustrations the
printed Book (loop wire bound) £7.00.
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)
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)