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Worcester History Month: Immerse yourself in city’s compelling past


Battle of Worcester Drumhead Ceremony

A plethora of engaging events is lined up for the first-ever Worcester History Month (1-30 September 2018).

Events taking place throughout September will include historical walking tours, informative talks, open weekends and exhibitions.

“Worcester’s rich and diverse history and heritage warrants a whole month to explore and celebrate,” says Councillor Lucy Hodgson, Chair of Worcester City Council’s Place and Economic Development Committee.

“That’s why we’re launching Worcester History Month in September.  We will reflect on local historic events spanning the last thousand years - and there will be a particular emphasis on World War One as we move towards the end of its centenary.”

Full details of the programme of events can be found at the Visit Worcester website.

Highlights include:

Heritage Open Weekends
(6-9 and 13-16 September)
Venues across the city, including The Guildhall; Kings St. Albans Chapel; St. Helen’s on the High Street, The Infirmary and Tudor House - free

Ten different places across the city throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and culture. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – and it’s all FREE.

Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace (1914-18)
Until Sunday 30 September
Cathedral Square – free exhibition

A major photographic exhibition to commemorate the centenary of the First World War, by international award-winning photojournalist Michael St. Maur Sheil.  

The Battle of Worcester Drumhead Ceremony  
Saturday 1 September:  5.00pm
Meet at the Guildhall and parade to Fort Royal Park – free

On this day 367 years ago, soldiers and civilians fell in the Battle of Worcester, the final battle of the English Civil War.  This annual parade commemorates those who fought and died for their beliefs.

Safari Trail
Daily, 9.00am – 5.00pm - free
Worcester Cathedral, College Yard, WR1 2LA

Borrow a Safari back pack (including binoculars, spy glass and torch) and seek out the pink giraffe and other animals around the Cathedral.  This is a fun activity for young children.

WW1 Drumhead Ceremony
Saturday 15 September, assemble noon: ceremony at 12.30pm
Gheluvelt Park - free

A Drumhead Service in the presence of the Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire.  Music from the Grenadier Guards, parade of standards and an Act of Commemoration. 

The Black Death and beyond – discoveries from archaeological pits
Talk by Carenza Lewis
Monday 17 September – 7.30pm
Perrins Hall, RGS Worcester WR1 1HP  - Cost £2

Carenza Lewis is well known for her appearances on the long-running Channel 4 series Time Team. 

Guided walk around the city’s timber framed buildings
Free event – meet outside The Guildhall  
Sunday 30 September – 2.30pm

Sheena Payne-Lunn, City Council Historic Record Officer, will lead a walk around a number of the city’s most prominent timber-framed buildings.

See the Visit Worcester website for full details

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