Alvechurch Library provides a safe new home for local history artefacts

The Alvechurch History Society stand in front of their new cabinet, housing artefacts at Alvechurch Library. Published Tuesday, 24th August 2021

Alvechurch library is the proud new home to a collection of local history artefacts, supporting a much-needed relocation project in partnership with the Alvechurch Historical Society.

The Alvechurch Historical Society has worked hard to re-locate hundreds of local history pieces, following the loss of its long-term base on School Lane, Alvechurch.

The local history display cabinet, which was unveiled to the public on Tuesday 24 August, was made possible with funding by Bromsgrove District Council’s Equality Small Grants Scheme and Society funds.

The funding means that valuable artefacts of local historical significance can remain in the village to be enjoyed and appreciated for years to come.

Anne Humphries, Chair of Alvechurch Historical Society, said: “We’re delighted that we were able to rehome so many of our artefacts that we have collected over the last 70 years. The items on display at Alvechurch Library are of particular significance to the village and will hopefully be appreciated and enjoyed by existing library customers, school pupils, local residents and visitors to the area.”

Artefacts available to view at Alvechurch Library include a brick from the last burning at the Alvechurch brickyard, the golden key used at the opening of the Village Hall 27 April 1929, milk and drinks bottles from local producers and a glass belonging to Martha Harber (1817-1904) a local resident whose story was told by her neighbours in “The Story of Martha”.

Councillor Matt Dormer, Cabinet Member with Responsibilities for Communities, said: “Worcestershire library service was delighted to be able to support the Alvechurch Historical Society’s relocation campaign and it’s wonderful to have pieces of local history available to view in Alvechurch library, at the heart of the local community.”

The Alvechurch Historical Society will continue to run and plans to meet at St Laurence’s Church hall, known as The Ark. Anyone interested in joining the AHS can contact Anne Humphries by email on ahalvechurch@btinternet.com