Prehistoric and Roman Malvern
The Prehistoric heritage of Malvern is dominated by the two Iron-Age hill forts at the southern end of the Malvern Hills. The museum has a display board about British Camp (the Herefordshire Beacon) and Midsummer Hill. A second board features Iron-Age round-houses and currency bars. Locally there have been a number of Bronze-Age finds, particularly in the Victorian period, with barrows on the hills. The Malvern area is also dotted with Romano-British kiln sites, particularly in Malvern Link, indicating a thriving industry in pottery and tile making. Archaeologists in the 1990s discovered a kiln built on an industrial scale at the local Chase School.
The Prehistoric and Roman Collection
Much of the Prehistoric collection formerly displayed at Malvern Library (pre 1960s) including Bronze-Age artefacts, was transferred to the Worcestershire museum service at Hartlebury. Malvern Museum still displays a number of items loaned by the county museum service, although the three Iron-Age currency bars have recently been returned.
The museum has a very small collection of items from Prehistoric and Roman periods:
There is a collection of about a dozen small flint tools and flint flakes from tool making. These include a small Mesolothic flint core, a Neolithic scraper and a Bronze-Age arrow head
The museum displays a plaster replica of bronze axe-head (‘palstave’) found locally. There is also an early 20th century glass slide that shows the original palstave from Malvern Link.
The fragment of a large quern stone found at British Camp is undated, but is probably from the Iron Age. The museum also has a display on Iron-Age currency bars.
The museum displays pottery from the Roman kiln site at Great Buckman’s farm in Malvern Link (loan). It also has a number of small base metal coins (just one found locally), as well as larger replica coins.