Local History Workshops

Three local history workshops have been arranged as part of the Village Society’s Heritage Lottery grant. All take place in Hanley Swan village hall.

Saturday 20th August

Morning session 10.30 am-1 pm – Parliamentary Enclosures in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Enclosure specialist Steven Hollowell will explain how England’s open fields and commons were gradually enclosed. Coffee break mid-morning.

Afternoon session 2-4.30 pm – The Hanley Enclosures. Steven will look at the Hanley Castle Enclosure Awards of 1797 and 1818 and how they shaped the landscape of the parish.

In addition, Maggi Noke of the Worcestershire Historic Environment Service will introduce the digitised mapping project she has been working on for the Society, demonstrate how to access the website and provide a manual explaining how to use the software for people to take away. Tea and cakes mid-afternoon.

Saturday 3rd September, 2.30 – 4.30 pm

Tracing the History of your House – a workshop run by local history expert Pat Hughes. Using local deeds and wills, she will explain what resources are available at the Worcester record office to help the home owner discover the history of their house or what was previously on the site. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided midway through the afternoon.

Sunday 18th September, 2.30 – 4 pm

Digging Test Pits – a training session run by county archaeologist Derek Hurst on the procedure for excavating test pits.

Following on from the first series of test pits that were dug last year, the Society has arranged for a second group of 12 pits to be dug on Wednesday 21st September in the gardens of older properties in Hanley Castle and Hanley Swan.

Volunteers are always needed, even for a few hours. Please contact Malcolm Fare if you are able to help.

The Enclosures and House History workshops are free to members of the Society and £2.50 to non-members. The Test Pits session is free to all involved.


For further details about the Hanleys Village Society, please visit the main Village Society page.

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