Book tells the stories of Worcester’s past through photos and memories

The Worcester Life Stories – In The Words Of Local People book

A new book containing photos of old Worcester tells the stories of the city's past through the memories of those who lived and worked in the area. Worcester Life Stories – In The Words Of Local People has been compiled by Worcester City Council's Historic Environment Record Officer Sheena Payne-Lunn and is out just in time for Christmas. The 70-pag...

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More than 4,000 people leave messages of condolence for The Queen at Worcester Guildhall

One of the Books of Condolence at the Guildhall, flanked by macebearers Ken Woodfield and Jenny Killam One of the Books of Condolence at the Guildhall, flanked by macebearers Ken Woodfield and Jenny Killam

A total of 4,450 messages were left in the Books of Condolence opened at Worcester Guildhall following the announcement of the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. Worcester City Council opened the books within hours of the news being released by Buckingham Palace on Thursday, 8 September. The first message to be left was from the Mayor of Wor...

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Footpath closed for work on historic wall

Fort Royal park wall

Part of the pavement on Worcester's London Road, alongside Fort Royal Park, has been temporarily closed so that repairs can be carried out to a damaged wall. The closure has been put in place opposite Green Hill, next to 55 London Road. Signs are in place asking pedestrians to cross to the other side of the road. The closure has been put in place s...

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400 saplings planted as part of Worcester Charter 400

Revd Rosie Moss, Curate of St Nicholas's Chuch; Adrian Gregson, Charter 400 Project Manager; Cllr Stephen Hodgson, Mayor of Worcester; and Revd Diane Cooksey, Vicar of St Nicholas' Church pose by a 400-year-old oak at Perdswell Revd Rosie Moss, Curate of St Nicholas's Chuch; Adrian Gregson, Charter 400 Project Manager; Cllr Stephen Hodgson, Mayor of Worcester; and Revd Diane Cooksey, Vicar of St Nicholas' Church pose by a 400-year-old oak at Perdswell

On Thursday 13 January 2022 the current Mayor of Worcester Councillor Stephen Hodgson joined volunteers to mark the end of the Worcester Charter 400 project by planting saplings in Perdiswell Playing Fields.The Charter 400 team planted the 400 trees at Perdiswell as an environmental gift to Worcester. Tree planting brings a host of benefits from co...

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Jeff Carpenter (1935 - 2021)

Former councllor and Mayor Jeff Carpenter

The death has been announced of former Worcester city councillor and Mayor of the city Jeff Carpenter. He passed away peacefully on 20 December, with his family at his bedside. He was aged 86. Originally hailing from South Wales, Jeff lived in Worcester for much of his life and was a Labour member of the City Council for 27 years from 1973 to 2000,...

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Plans afoot to celebrate landmark 2022 events in style

Commonwealth Games logo

City councillors are reviewing proposals to ensure Worcester makes the most of two landmark events in 2022: The Queen's Platinum Jubilee and the Birmingham Commonwealth Games (28 July – 8 August). At Worcester City Council's Place and Economic Development Committee meeting on 1 November, councillors will discuss proposals to support the celebration...

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Charter 400 artist commissions go on display

Charter time line Left to right: Barbara Gibson and Marta Kochanek of Gibson Kochanek Studio with Adrian Gregson Charter 400 Project Manager

Three new artworks, commissioned through the Charter 400 project, have gone on public display across Worcester this half-term and will be on display until December. Each artwork tells the story of Worcester's past and present. Adrian Gregson, County and Diocesan Archivist and Charter 400 Project Manager said: "Half-term is a fantastic time to get o...

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

The Mayor and Deputy Mayor on the steps of the Guildhall , with children from Perrywood Primary School holding a replica of the Charter

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

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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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