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20th May, 2022

Taking a virtual look at town's past with Bromsgrove Society's Summer Season Talks

Tristan Harris 18th Jun, 2020 Updated: 19th Jun, 2020

MODERN-day means will be used to enlighten on the town’s past when the Bromsgrove Society’s Summer Season Talks series goes virtual.

The presentations – at 2.30pm on three consecutive Wednesdays – will be free and available for all to view on Zoom.

The first one on July 1 will feature Julian Hunt giving the History of Perry Hall.

The hall is synonymous wiht the Housmans but the historian Mr Hunt will speak about others who resided there.

These will include Roger Lowe, the leading Royalist at the time of the English Civil War, 18th Century linen manufacturer Benjamin Humphrys and John Adams, worsted yarn manufacturer whose sister married a Housman.

During the hour-long talk Mr Hunt will cover aspects of local history and advise those watching on how they can get involved in Bromsgrove’s heritage.

Next up – on July 8 – the subject will be Tracing Your Ancestors in Worcestershire with professional genealogist, writer and researcher Mike Sharpe.

He will be displaying his passion for unearthing the past and telling a good story.

His talk will provide an introduction to tracing your family history within the historic boundaries of Worcestershire.

Mike explains the key sources, both online and offline, for tracking down your ancestors within the county, what various record sets contain and where they are held.

Sources covered include censuses, parish registers, wills, the poor law, apprenticeships, and legal records.

And on July 15 Quintin Watt will speak about The Bromsgrove Guild and Where to See Their Work – When the Lockdown is Over.

The ex head of history at South Bromsgrove High School and former chairman of the Bromsgrove Society Local History Group will tell viewers about the well-respected Bromsgrove Guild.

The presentation will provide a brief overview of the Guild’s interesting story and feature some of its work in various media.

He will also reveal where pieces can see pieces both locally, in the Black Country and in other places.

To watch them, register at and links to join the talks will be sent 48 hours before the talk date.

The Bromsgrove Society was established in 1980 and exists to preserve the heritage in Bromsgrove and encourage an interest in local history and future developments.


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