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									                                          History Detectives
 Autumn Term 2007
 Welcome to the Autumn edition of the newsletter of the Worcestershire Record Office Learning Group.
 In this issue we look at Newspapers.
Background to Newspapers
Newspapers are a marvellous source of information but
what they contain varies much according to period. There
were restrictions on the press until the aftermath of the
‘Glorious Revolution’ in 1688. After this, newspaper
production began in force, with London taking the lead,
but the provinces following closely behind. Newspapers
were a way for people to find out about scandal, crime
and social events and what was happening nationally. As
literacy levels increased, so did the demand and local
tradesmen cashed in by advertising profusely. Local
newspapers often take a standard format:
 Advertisements
 National and county news
 Court reports
 Local events and family announcements

Worcestershire Newspapers
The Berrow's Worcester Journal, the newspaper with the
longest continuous history of publication in England,
began regularly in 1709. There are hints that it began
earlier in 1690. Stephen Bryan was the proprietor and its
first name was The Worcester Postman. It then became
Worcester Post/Journal in 1722, the Weekly Worcester
Journal in 1730, and Berrow's Worcester Journal in 1753
to distinguish it from another Worcester Journal.
In 1937 it merged with The Worcestershire Advertiser to
produce the Worcester Evening News & Times. Other
Worcester papers include:                                             The Berrows Worcester Journal, 24 July 1755
 Worcester Herald
 Worcestershire Guardian                                  How can Newspapers be used for Learning?
 Worcester Chronicle                                      Newspapers can be used to find out about:
 Worcester News                                            Local reactions to national events.
 Worcester Evening Post                                    Local events, especially scandalous ones.
 Worcester Standard                                        The lives of important local people, especially
 Worcester Daily Times                                        through obituaries.
                                                            The amount and type of crime in the area and the
Where are Worcestershire Newspapers?                           associated punishments.
The newspapers held at the two Worcestershire Record        What businesses proliferated.
Office branches tend to focus on Worcester City. Local      What products were available for purchase and
libraries often hold the papers for their locality. The        how they were supposed to help.
location of the different papers can be discovered by      Later papers have illustrations and photographs and
using the search function at the following website         these can be used to support the text in learning
address: www.newsplan.co.uk. The newspapers are            activities. Material from Newspapers can be used in
usually on microfilm rather than in hard-copy form. Please the following DfES Schemes of Work:
note: some of the early papers can be difficult to read     KS 1 & 2 History Unit 18: What was it like to live
because of damage and very small print.                        here in the past?
Finding out more                                            KS 1 & 2 History Unit 11: What was it like for
 Gwilliam, H.W., ‘A survey of Worcestershire                  children living in Victorian Britain?
     newspapers’, 1982.                                     KS 3 History Unit 12: Snapshot 1900: What was
 Murphy, M., ‘Newspapers and local history’, 1991.            British middle-class life like?
 McLaughlin, E. ‘Family history from newspapers’,          KS 3 Citizenship Unit 12: Why did women and
     2000. (please note this is useful for more than just      some men have to struggle for the vote in Britain?
     family history).
                                        NEWS….NEWS….NEWS
 Education Packs
 Packs cost £20 in paper-format (plus £3.50 p&p) or £16 on CD-ROM (free p&p). Full list of packs available on
 the learning section of our website. To order, please send a cheque payable to Worcestershire County
 Council to: Worcestershire Record Office, Spetchley Road, Worcester WR5 2NP. Alternatively you can call us
 on (01905) 766351.
 New Website
 ‘Heritage Builds Bridges’ – www.heritagebuildsbridges.org.uk – is a
 partnership between the British and Foreign School Society, Brunel
 University and the London Borough of Hillingdon. The website is a
 combination of online catalogue and educational resources. The
 educational resources have been created with the help of local schools and
 at present there are resources for KS2, Victorian childhood and KS3,
 Industry and Empire. They follow the national curriculum and use examples
 from all the collections as illustrations. There are activities, worksheets and
 teachers resources.
 Forthcoming Events
 We are hoping to run our postponed Professional Development Day in
 February 2008. We have the details of those who signed up for the
 cancelled June event but if anyone else is interested in finding out more,
 then please contact the Learning Group (details below).
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 Other Events
 Creative Learning – Crime & Punishment
 We are working on an exciting project to develop classroom resources based on our documents to help bring
 the past to life for students. This is a joint project, funded by MLA West Midlands, and involves Bishop
 Perowne C of E College, George Marshall Medical Museum and St Barnabas Primary School. A Year 10
                                        NEWS….NEWS….NEWS….NEWS
 Drama class from the College will be spending a term producing a performance based on the stories about
 criminals and the punishments contained in our archives, along with death masks from the Museum. The end
 result will be able to be used in the future with Primary Schools across the county to help them think about
 issues to do with crime and punishment both in the past and today.


                                                            Croome Summer School
                                                            This Summer a group of young people aged 13-19
                                                            volunteered at the Worcestershire Record Office as
                                                            part of an externally funded project. They helped with
                                                            the early processing stages of the important Croome
                                                            Estate collection; had the chance to visit Croome
                                                            Park where the records came from; had a talk by the
                                                            Croome Estate Archivist and the Family’s Biographer
                                                            and got to tell us what they thought of the project at a
                                                            final fun/evaluation day. One volunteer said ‘I believe
                                                            that it was overall an interesting and educational
                                                            opportunity that I am glad I experienced. It has
                                                            increased my interest in archiving and my
                                                            understanding in the way it is done’.
                                              In the Next issue…
  In the Spring issue of History Detectives we will be focusing on Private Deposits - what they are, where
‘ you can find them and how they can be used for learning.

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