PRESERVE HISTORY WITHOUT IMPEDING PROGRESS
EXHIBIT HISTORIC ITEMS OF LOCAL PUBLIC INTEREST
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The story behind Pershore Heritage & History Society
In the late 1980’s a notice appeared in the Evesham Journal regarding a meeting to be held at St. Andrews when it was suggested a local History Society be formed. There was quite a large turn-
Some time later conversations between Marion Freeman and Win Summerton (then a Town Council member) prompted Win to approach the Town Clerk who was enthusiastic about the idea suggesting that it would be good to have a Heritage Centre as well as a History Society. After several meetings the Council offered the use of No.5a, Bridge Street, which was attached to the Town Council Offices. As a result a further notice was placed in the Journal.
A meeting was held under the leadership of the Town Mayor, Shirley Newman and the Town Clerk. Arthur Fryer, the curator of Evesham Almonry Museum, and Robin Hill, County Museum Officer invited as speakers. It was found difficult to separate the two aspects under discussion so, at the end of the first year, they were amalgamated to form the Pershore Heritage and History Society.
A preview to the opening of the Centre took place on the 7th May 1995 and opened to the public the following morning on the fiftieth anniversary of the Cessation of WW2. At that time only the ground floor of the building was in use but, by the following season, the first floor was also open. However, further work was required to strengthen the floors before the top floor could be used. This reflected the build-
Some years later, on the sale of the premises by the Council, the Centre was moved to the top floors of the newly purchased Town Hall in the High Street. Due to the Council requiring more space the Centre now only occupies the first floor.
A lot of our recent work is connected with Family History and is constantly being updated. While many of our displays are permanent, reflecting the local history of Pershore and district, much of the detailed material is available on file, leaving us space to stage new exhibitions each year.
Therefore, a first visit is most worthwhile and there is usually something new to see so please, pop along and see us and remember -
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Founding members of Pershore Heritage
& History Society photographed