Worcestershire’s Treasures: From the Archive
with Paul Hudson
At the December meeting of the Society, Paul Hudson, from the Worcestershire Archive and Archaeological Service gave a talk focussing on ten different items chosen from the Worcestershire collection. One item each month had been chosen by a different member of staff as their favourite and the title chosen for the talk, “Treasures from the Archive”, certainly reflected the quirkiness but also the fascination and diversity of the choices made.
The first example was, appropriately enough, a painting of Netherton House, the only known illustration of the building which had occupied the site of the Worcester Hive, the home to the Archive.
Far less romantic was the choice for the second month, microscopic West African seeds discovered in a 16thh Century cess pit; such exotic seeds reflected great wealth probably obtained from weaving by a very rich Worcester family.
Found by accident was another treasure, a scrap of 15thh Century paper containing part of a liturgical anthem, a treasure chosen both for the music itself but also for the way that certain items survive by chance.
Other chosen items were, for example, an unbroken Iron Age honey pot, part of a Roman oven, and the exquisite Salwarpe purse – a highly ornate late 13th or early 14th century embroidered purse belonging to the parish of Salwarpe, containing contemporary documents. More modern treasures included items from the collection of the Worcester-born Music Hall artist Vester Tilley, a collection of WWI letters and – most up to date – photographs of woodland showing an ancient settlement hidden by trees but revealed by the use of LiDAR.
An altogether entertaining and informative evening.