Gatehouse and Collection
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Gatehouse and Collection These pages provide information on the gatehouse and collection, with a research guide and links to the museum catalogue. You can visit these pages using the links below: History of the Gatehouse Malvern Museum of Local History is housed … Read More

Digging the Railway Tunnel
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Tunnel through Malvern Rocks The Malvern Hills consist largely of syenite, a Precambrian granite-like rock formed some 700 million years ago. It is one of the hardest rocks and presented the tunnelling engineers with enormous difficulties, not least because the … Read More

Truancy
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Why truancy was not a good thing Truancy has always been a feature of school life. Attendance at school became compulsory in 1880. A new law stated that children between the ages of 5 and 10 must attend school and … Read More

Telecommunications and Radar Establishment
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Radar and Malvern’s Secret Scientists The country’s Telecommunications and Radar Establishment (TRE) came to Malvern in May 1942. It was responsible for radar for the RAF (ground and airborne) and for the Fleet Air Arm. Most of the scientists who … Read More

Jenny Lind
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Jenny Lind – the Swedish Nightingale   Jenny Lind-Goldschmidt’s final public performance was on 23rd July 1883 at the Royal Malvern Spa Hall, West Malvern. A concert had been organised to raise money for the Railway Servants’ Widows and Orphans’ … Read More

George Bernard Shaw
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Birthday Boy George Bernard Shaw (GBS) celebrated several birthdays during the festivals in Malvern. On his 75th birthday a reporter asked him if he had a special birthday message, “Certainly not,” he replied. “Please send out a message suppressing the … Read More

Water Cure Patients
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Were Water Cure Patients cured? For two months in 1847 Alfred Tennyson’s aunt, ‘made a trial of the Water Cure, wore a compress and was towel packed, and seemed better for the cold bath’. Throughout the 1840s Charles Darwin (1809-1882), the naturalist and … Read More

Did Malvern’s Donkeys suffer cruelty?
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Cruelty – What do you think? Malvern’s donkeys were usually driven by boys between 6 and 13 years old; at 14 they were old enough to have a job suitable for a man. The donkey boys were rough, coarse, unkempt, … Read More

Barbara Cartland’s Two Brothers
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The Cartland Family Barbara Cartland, the romantic novelist, and her two brothers lived in Littlewood House in the tiny village of Poolbrook, near Malvern. “Mrs Cartland opened her gardens to brownies and guides for picnics, was friendly with everyone, and was … Read More

Edward Elgar
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Elgar’s Illnesses Elgar was often ill. Sometimes he was in bed for a day or two, at other times for much longer.  Sometimes he called the doctor; at other times he took the waters at Llandrindod Wells. He suffered from … Read More

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