History talks to dive deep into life in Bromsgrove during World War - The Bromsgrove Standard

History talks to dive deep into life in Bromsgrove during World War

Bromsgrove Editorial 4th Nov, 2023   0

BROMSGROVE Society’s next event will explore the impacts of war on the town’s businesses and people.

The event will be delivered in three separate talks on Saturday, November 11 at Bromsgrove Methodist Centre, Stratford Road from 9.30am to 4pm.

The first – The Bromsgrove Guild’s Great War – delivered by history author and long standing former teacher, Quintin Watt, will delve into the impact of the First World War on the guild company and its employees, many of whom were craftsmen from the continent.

On the flip side, Quintin’s presentation will explore how the war helped provide work for the company in the 1920’s through their construction of war memorials in Britain and worldwide.

Second – Pat Tansell’s Bromsgrove at War on the Home Front – will discuss life in the town during both World Wars, as well as the Boer War.

Pat, a retired library assistant, has lived in Bromsgrove all her life and has supported the Bromsgrove Society since the 1990’s, currently serving as vice-chairman.




During her research into the subject, Pat used archived copies of the Bromsgrove Messenger & information available via Ancestry, Find My Past & other online databases & resources.

Her interest in local & family history began when she was 9, following a school lesson, in which she was asked to draw her family tree.


Last but not least – Worcestershire’s Poshest Village with Julian Hunt – sheds light on the backstory of Broadway, where farmers grew wealthy from cultivating the rich soil of the vale of Evesham and reared sheep on their hills.

With one foot in the Cotswolds, their rambling farmhouses built with stone from the nearby countryside, have mostly been converted into country houses for the local gentry, while the Evesham town is still the home of the North Cotswold Hunt Kennels.

The town now caters for American tourists who potter about countless tea rooms, in absence of the antique shops which once littered the Broadway high street.

Julian was born in Romsley and was a local studies librarian in Oldham and Aylesbury. He He has written books on North Wales, Lancashire Cotton Mills & several towns in Buckinghamshire, most recently co-authoring Bromsgrove, the Story of a Market Town with Jenny Townshend.

There will be display stalls from the Bromsgrove Society, Friends of St John’s, Housman Society and other Worcestershire history societies including the Black Country Society, Malvern Family History Society, Wyre Forest History Society during the event.

Visit https://www.bsoc.co.uk/ for more.

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