During the spring and summer, the RHS takes advantage of the better weather to visit sites of historic interest.  During the winter months, the RHS meets on the first Monday of the month (except for January, when it is the second) at the Village Hall, Uttoxeter Road, Hill Ridware.

When Ridware History Society was established in 1990, it met at the Chadwick Arms, Hill Ridware. Meetings then moved to the Bull & Spectacles in Blithbury, before going to the Coach & Horses in Abbots Bromley. It seems appropriate that we are now returning to Ridware, for this new phase in our history.

Below is a list of events planned.  This schedule is, of course, subject to change at any time, so check for updates. 

Please contact David Smith for a booking form if you wish to go on a Summer programme trip.  David would like to know final numbers by 1st May 2017. 

Summer Programme 2017

27th May 2017

11 am to 12.30 pm approx


A Guided Tour of Repton
The 8th Century Anglo-Saxon crypt at St Wystan's church was the mausoleum of the Mercian kings, and our visit to the crypt will be the centrepiece of our tour.  An introduction will show us the topography of the area and inform us about the Neolithic, Roman and Anglo-Saxon origins of the settlement.  Before visiting the crypt we will have an illustrated talk on the history of Repton.

Our guide will be Andy Austen, chairman of Repton Village History Group.

Cost is £5 per person.

22nd June 2017

10.30 am to 12.30 pm approx

A Visit to the Birmingham Assay Office
The Birmingham Assay Office was founded by Act of Parliament in 1773, largely as a result of Matthew Boulton's efforts.  It has a statutory duty to hallmark precious metals, including silverware and jewellery.  The new Assay Office has been built to provide updated accommodation for these services and provides a gateway to Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter.

Visitors will be greeted at 10.30 am with coffee and biscuits and this will be followed by a talk 'Boulton would be Proud' by Marion Wilson, Director of the AnchorCert Academy, Birmingham.  From 12 there will be an opportunity to visit the silver collection.

This visit will take place at the new Assay Office, located at Icknield Street, Birmingham B18 6RZ.  We are joining a schedule visit and other individuals or groups will be present.

Cost is £17.50 per person.

15th July 2017

11 am

A Guided Tour of Wroxeter
Wroxeter was the fourth largest city in Roman Britain.  It has been extensively but only partially excavated - the site is enormous and now partly under the contemporary village.  It has been particularly noted for providing evidence of the persistence of Roman life in a major urban settlement into the Dark Ages.

Our guide will be Roger White, one of the principal excavators at Wroxeter, who will take us through the Roman site and also show us the church, partly built from vandalised Roman buildings.

If required, coffee and refreshments are available at extra cost at the Wroxeter HOtel, Wroxeter, SY5 6PH. 
Alternatively, go directly to the Roman site where the tour will begin at 11 a.m.

Cost is £5 per person. 
Entry to the site is free for English Heritage members but is £6 adult or £5.50 concession for non-members.

Please contact David Smith if you wish to go on any of the Summer trips.




 The winter meetings, between October and March, all commence at 8 p.m.

They are held at Hill Ridware Village Hall, Uttoxeter Road, Hill Ridware

Visitors are always welcome










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