Celebrate Worcester’s 400th birthday on Charter Day 2 October 2021 at venues across Worcester

Celebrate Charter Day on 2 October at venues across Worcester with exhibitions, performance and guided tours. View the actual King James I Charter – on display for the first time in 400 years. Celebrate Worcester's 400th birthday with exhibitions, performances and guided tours on 2 October 2021, Charter Day. View the actual Charter sealed by King J...
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Visit a former Worcester prison on a Heritage Open Day

Follow in the footsteps of former prisoners who were locked up in the holding cells at Worcester's Guildhall (High Street, Worcester WR1 2EY). The Guildhall was once the seat of justice for the city and is throwing its doors open to visitors on Saturday 11 September from 9.30am to 4.00pm and Sunday 12 September from 10.00am to 3.00pm. This is your ...
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Festival celebrates landmark 400th anniversary of Worcester City Charter

Pupils-from-Perry-Wood-Primary-School-join-the-Mayor-and-Deputy-Mayor-of-Worcester-to-launch-the-Charter-Festival Pupils from Perry Wood Primary School, holding a replica of the 1621 Charter - joined by the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Worcester.
On 2 October 1621, James I put his seal to the Charter that granted Worcester the rights and constitution which still form the basis for modern governance of the city today. A series of events are being held to celebrate the 400th anniversary and explore the significance of the Charter.Over the summer you can join a walking tour to explore the stor...
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Get to know your place better and create your own digital life story book – with free access to archive photos and historic maps of Worcester

Worcester City Council in partnership with Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, has developed two new and exciting online platforms, thanks to support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The platforms, 'Life Stories - Herefordshire and Worcestershire' and 'Know Your Place', provide an opportunity for reminiscing, and the...
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Archaeological dig under Worcester car park aims to unearth secrets of city’s past

Archaeologists will start investigating Copenhagen Street car park (WR1 2HB) next week – with the potential to unearth new discoveries on how Worcester has evolved over the past 2,500 years. The investigation, which will be conducted by Wessex Archaeology ( from 5 to 8 October, is part of a programme that seeks to identify what...
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Explore Worcester’s treasures on National Heritage Days

The Mayor of Worcester, Cllr Jo Hodges, is encouraging people to visit Worcester's numerous historic attractions during the national Heritage Open Day festival ( from 11 – 20 September. The Grade 1 listed Guildhall ( on Worcester's High Street is open Monday-Friday 9am-4.30pm, Saturday 9.30am...
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VJ Day 75th anniversary to be marked in Worcester

VJ Day 75th anniversary
The Mayor of Worcester will lead a ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of VJ Day (Victory in Japan), the day on which the Second World War finally came to an end, on Saturday 15 August. Councillor Jo Hodges will open the event at 11am at the Guildhall in High Street. It will include prayers, poetry and a minute's silence. Social distancing requir...
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What does Worcester’s historic city centre mean to you?

A survey has been launched to explore residents' perceptions on the importance of heritage in Worcester's city centre.  The findings will contribute to decisions on how the city's historic character can best be preserved and protected in the future. Worcester's Historic City Conservation Area was designated in 1969 and covers most of the ...
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Worcester’s historic Guildhall reopens to visitors

Worcester Guildhall Worcester Guildhall
Worcester Guildhall is reopening to the public on Monday July 13, with a range of measures in place to ensure visitors can enjoy the historic building safely. A maximum of 15 visitors will be allowed into the High Street attraction at any one time and a one-way system will be in place to guide people around its Grade I listed splendour. The main en...
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Lottery backed initiative will help rekindle memories of Worcester life

An ambitious initiative which uses archived heritage, digital technology and community events to bring people together through their shared memories of Worcester is to be launched by the City Council and the Worcestershire Health and Care (NHS) Trust. Worcester Life Stories (, which will be launched via YouTube on Sa...
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Historic Worcester road set to be given special status

Park-Avenue Park Avenue
A historic Worcester street, with many late 19th and early 20th Century houses, could be set to be formally designated as a Conservation Area. Worcester City Council's Planning Committee will be asked to give Park Avenue, in the Barbourne area to the north of the city centre, the special status when they meet on March 19. Conservation Area status i...
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Three historic Worcester sites saved for future generations

The Granary in St Martin's Quarter, one of the buildings on the 2020 Worcester Heritage At Risk Register The Granary in St Martin's Quarter, one of the buildings on the 2020 Worcester Heritage At Risk Register
Three historic Worcester sites that were once at risk of being lost have been fully restored – and another six are in line for vital repairs. The annual Worcester Heritage At Risk Register records buildings, scheduled monuments or historic areas that have suffered from neglect, decay or unsympathetic work and which need restoration work. The latest...
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Historic cricket pavilion set to be dismantled and moved

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 The historic pavilion at the original home of Worcestershire County Cricket Club is preparing to move to its new home. As part of work to bring the Cinderella sports ground back into use, the dismantling of the ornate 19th Century pavilion has now begun. It will be moved to Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings near Bromsgrove, the first ope...
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History festival returns to Worcester

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 This February, the annual Love Worcester festival returns to the historic city. A variety of heritage venues are taking part in the two-week heritage festival, showcasing Worcester's shared history, creativity, culture and innovation, from the prehistoric to the mid-20th Century. From live re-enactments, special exhibitions and chances to get...
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