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Latest Exploring Archives workshop to focus on Quarter Sessions

Published Tuesday, 7th June 2016

Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service, as part of the Exploring Archives series, will deliver a workshop on Quarter Sessions.

Quarter Sessions are a fascinating but underused source for family and local historians. Within them are a wealth of stories about crime, roads and the poor law, such as the man arrested for stealing ducks after being traced through his shoeprint, or the ladies convicted of stealing acorns.

Volunteers have created indexes to the records, making it easy to search for ancestors or to look up a location, but they are often underused as many people are not sure how to use them.

This workshop will help by explaining the background to them, how to search them, as well as looking into some of the more intriguing stories.

Paul Hudson, Learning & Outreach Manager, Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology Service, said: "There are wide range of fascinating stories within the Quarter sessions, and we want to encourage people to search through them as part of our 'Exploring Archives' series."

The workshop will take place on Wednesday 22 May, 2-4pm at the Explore the Past floor on Level 2 of The Hive.

Places are limited and need to be booked at a cost of £6 each. To book or for more information go to