Beyond The City Wall Exhibition at The Hive

Beyond The City Wall Exhibition at The Hive

Worcestershire residents are invited to come and explore the fascinating history of a busy corner of the city in a new exhibition and audio-visual display, now home to the city's latest iconic and soon-to-be unveiled landmark, The Hive.

Since June 2011 staff from The Hive have been recording experiences of people who used to live and work at The Butts, which is the site of the new £60million joint public and university library and history centre. Called Beyond the City Wall, the exhibition, which will include nostalgic tales, will open to the public on July 2,  the day The Hive's doors open.  Visitors can immerse themselves in the memories of the site's Cattlemarket, the Almshouses in Croft Walk, living in Netherton Lane and working at The Butts Corporation Depot.


This memory capture completes work by Archive & Archaeology staff, who have been working on a longer, four year project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.  The project explored 500 years of records of Worcester City which have been catalogued to create the 'Worcester City Collection', now listed and free to explore at The Hive.  Researchers pieced together the story of The Butts area of town from the 16th – 19th centuries, and were then inspired to ask local people to pick up the tale.


Cyril Cale, whose job it was to wind the clock at the top of the auctioneers' clock tower describes his work at the Roundhouse in the middle of the Cattle Market from 1930 - 1960. He recalls the farmers bringing their stock to market and the different rates for pigs, sheep, cattle, horses and stallions.


People can also listen to amusing stories from "The Twins" Elsie and Josie as they describe their home lives on Netherton Lane near the railway arches. 


The audio and visual displays in the exhibition are suitable for all. Cyril's great granddaughter, Kasey, provides a modern twist with a cartoon storyboard and activity trail for children with hidden clues to find along the way.



Debbie Birch, Heritage, Arts and Music Service Manager for Worcestershire County Council said: "The Hive marks an exciting new chapter in the history of Worcester and this exhibition provides a great opportunity for residents to find out more about the area's past.  The land where The Hive now sits was home to some real characters whose memories really bring to life what this part of Worcester was like many years ago."


Beyond The City Wall will be presented in The Studio at The Hive from 2nd July – 2nd October 2012. All the stories in this exhibition have been discovered by archivists, archaeologists and local people volunteering their time to research the Worcester City Collection.

This exhibition will coincide with VAMOS Theatre's performance of 'Offal Tales', which will bring to life the recordings which form part of Beyond the City Walls exhibition. The performances will take place on Friday 6th July and Saturday 7th July at 5:00pm and 7:30pm, the performance is suitable for all the family and tickets are free, bookable from

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