12th Jul, 2020

Young and old to come together record Droitwich's 'Brine Memories'

Harry Leach 13th Mar, 2020

THE CAMPAIGN group working to return the brine baths to Droitwich is launching an exciting new project to bring together young and old.

Save Our Brine Baths (SOBBS) has received a £10,000 grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, for ‘Brine Memories’.

Youngsters from Westacre Middle School will engage with older residents to record their recollections of the town’s brine heritage.

The year five class will speak to older residents who either visited or worked at the baths to put together the creative heritage project.

They will also visit the Droitwich Heritage Centre and take part in brine-related activities.

Sue Webber from SOBBs said: “In the summer we will bring both young and old together at a special event where the children will reveal their findings.

“Our aim is to create an archive of memories which are recorded by volunteers and young people.

“These memories will be shared with the public in various ways.

“SOBBS will be working closely with the Droitwich Heritage Centre because it has an excellent archive of documents and photographs.”

Children will be tasked with recording the memories of residents who drank wychia water in the 1930s or remember the Royal Brine Baths before it closed in 1940.

Westacre deputy headteacher Paul Barber said: “This project is a perfect opportunity for our pupils to learn more about the heritage of their hometown.

“We are excited this project will leave a legacy.”

More about the project will be revealed at an event at Droitwich Town Council, St Richard’s House, at 11am next Wednesday, March 18, which is open to the public.

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