Collecting stories of life in Worcester

Historic photo of woman in street

Heritage Grants

West Midlands
Worcester City Council
£79400
Worcester Life Stories are building an online platform for recording and sharing local stories.

Thanks to a £79,400 grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Worcester Life Stories will digitise their archive of 35,000 rarely seen historic photographs and maps by the end of 2020.

“It’s been fantastic to see so many people re-connecting with one another and taking pleasure from their shared memories.”

This material will be expanded by asking members of the public to contribute their own photos and memories of Worcester to the platform.

Sheena Payne-Lunn, Worcester City Council’s Historic Environment Record Officer, said: “It’s been fantastic to see so many people re-connecting with one another and taking pleasure from their shared memories.”

Over 600 people followed their YouTube live stream launch in June 2020 with afternoon tea and live music from the 1950s and 1960s.

Throughout the year, they have been hosting a series of online events. Their ‘How well do you remember Worcester in the 1970s?’ quiz had over 5,300 participants. The weekly quizzes are available on their website.

They are holding online workshops for people to share their memories of Worcester and help them shape their new platform. The next one will be happening on 20 November 2.30-4pm, there is still time to sign up.