Crest of a wave – Worcester receives award for commitment to heraldry

Heraldry Award

Worcester City Council has been presented with a prestigious national award for its use of its heraldic coats of arms to strengthen the city’s and organisation’s identity.

The Corporate Heraldry Award, sponsored by the national Heraldry Society and is made bi-annually, was presented at the RFA Club in Piccadilly, London.

The award is made in recognition of how widely the city’s crest is used and recognised by the public. It appears on the City Council’s uniforms, vehicles, buildings and documents. It can also been seen on many locations around the city, including street benches, parks and the railway bridge at the main Foregate Street station.

Collecting the award, the Mayor of Worcester, Councillor Roger Knight, said: “Worcester is a city that is very proud of its history and it was an honour to receive this national recognition of our commitment to the Faithful City’s heritage.”

Cllr Lucy Hodgson, Worcester City Council Cabinet member for History and Heritage, said: “We are entering a new phase of working with partners to make the most of our heritage and history, so the Corporate Heraldry Award is an important recognition of our efforts. It paves the way for upcoming initiatives, including a £260,000 investment to establish the historic Commandery building as a nationally recognised Civil War themed visitor attraction and a bid to have Worcester recognised as an official Heritage City.”

The entry for the 2016 award was made by Worcester resident Roger Whitworth, a retired teacher and lecturer who now runs a Genealogy Research business in the city.

In his detailed entry, Mr. Whitworth describes how Worcester residents identify the Council and City though a heraldic display that combines the Worcester City Ancient Arms and the Worcester City Modern Arms.

Today these are combined in the City Council’s logo.

Worcester City Coat of Arms

Mr Whitworth has painstakingly researched the use of these and other heraldic emblems in the city, and created more than 2,000 images of instances where they are employed.

Roger Whitworth said: “It became very apparent to me during my research that residents and visitors have a very high recognition of the main heraldic emblems used by the City Council to identify both the organisation and Worcester itself.”

Previous winners of the Corporate Heraldry Award have included Thames Valley Police, the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, the Company of Master Jewellers, Norfolk County Council, Birmingham City Council and Abingdon on Thames Town Council.

Following its receipt of the prize, Worcester is now due to host the British Heraldic Conference, which will take place at the University of Worcester 25-28 August 2016.  The event is expected to be attended by national and international delegates, and key note speakers will include the eminent historians and heraldic specialists.

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