Redditch Heritage Help Requests and Artefact Donation
The Redditch Local History Society is pleased to receive donations of artefacts, photographs, documents and memories which record and illustrate the history and heritage of the town and the surrounding area.

Such artefacts are recorded in our archives for the benefit of future generations.

We also publish details of the artefacts we have, and, where appropriate, the story behind that artefact in the public domain for the benefit of current generations.

We are please to co-operated and work with other groups, such as the "Redditch Area Past & Present" facebook group to offer a permeant record of input or research they have collected.

This site, "Redditch Virtual Museum and Historic Archives" is our main publishing format although material in our archives is often used at events and exhibtions and sometime published in our monthly Newsletter.

For these reasons we have to obey and follow strict copyright, ownership and privacy rules and therefore cannot accept donation for which the copyright and ownership is clearly specified. In all case we endeavour to clearly state the source of donated & used artefacts.

Making Donations

We have a limited team of volunteers processing and maintaining our archives and website so we need your help to make it as easy a possible to process you donation. There are several ways to make donations.
Help Request
Donation Pages on this site

These page have been designed to help you make your simple  
donations. They provide formats to send in your donations as  
well as provided the necessary information about the artefact  
being donated.  

Email your Donations

If you have several images to send, or perhaps a multi-paged  
document it may be easier to send them as an email. As well as  
any images, please try to include information about the items  
similar to that requested on the forms.

Send you emails to

Post your Donations

If you don't have ready access to emails or have photos or  
documents you are willing for us to copy and return, then you can  
post, or hand deliver them to 26 Newton Close, Oakenshaw  
South, Redditch, B98 7YR.  A telephone call (01527 404365)  
beforehand may desirable if you are hand delivering to check that  
we are in.

Format of donations

Where possible it is very beneficial to us to receive a donation  
as a word or pdf document that has been formatted into a ready  
"pastable" article or page.  This is particularly true of memories  
and any other text based articles.  

Similarly, images should be as high a resolution as possible and  
may require several emails to send.
Redditch Area Past & Present facebook content

We are very pleased at the way this facebook page has stimulated interest in Redditch local history and in no way are we trying to compete with, replace or inhibit posting to that site.  We are working with the full cooperation of the  RAPP teams to capture local history information, particularly images and memories posted to that site, so that as they slip down their time-line it is not lost but transferred to the "Virtual Museum".

To do this we need your help.

If you post original photographs, document images of memories of old Reditch, please also post them to us as outline above.

If you a feeling a little more helpful, and have read a RAPP topic with multiple feedback posts that you think in interesting, why not format that into a word of pdf document as above.  This helps us enormously to add it to our site.

Speed of Update

One of the benefits of the facebook format is instant posting and response by others - we can't replicate that. Iy take days, sometime weeks or months, for us to process the backlog of data we have so your donation may take similar time to appear on the site. Do not despair, it will not be lost and will appear sometime.

Thank you
Derek Coombes
RLHS Archivist
If you have a query or request for help about a topic of Redditch local history, please do not hesitate to send it to us and we'll do what we can to answer it.  We are not always successful but have often found answers in our archives or from our members.