Herefordshire Lore has been collecting, publishing and archiving people’s recollections since 1989. Herefordshire Lore works to remember, celebrate and record Herefordshire’s past history before it is lost with passing generations. It is run by a group of volunteers who design, plan and gain funding for projects.A diverse range of resources have been published including the quarterly ‘In Our Age’ which can be read on this website. To get a the latest print version please subscribe.

We have published books (Women at War – In The Munitions, 2003; A Slap of the Hand – The History of Hereford Market 2007), booklets (Amazing How Times Change, 1992; The Shopkeeper’s Tale, 1996; The Schoolchildren’s Tale, 1997; Milk, Herefordshire; 2012), and magazines from Age To Age to a decade of In Our Age.

We have talked to people from all walks of life from munitioneers, housewives, farmers, railwaymen, domestics and butchers to shop keepers, cattle dealers, publicans and priests. Herefordshire Lore owes its existence to their memories.

Our thanks go to our many contributors and funders especially the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Listen to the ‘Well Remembered’ audio stories

Herefordshire men and women relate their experiences of the First World War. The stories are based on original recordings made by the county reminiscence group, Herefordshire Lore and Herefordshire’s Home Front in the First World War by Bill Laws.

Well Remembered

Read past issues of ‘Age to Age’ – Hereford Lore Reminiscence Newsletter on our new ‘Age to Age’ page.

‘Age to Age’ was published bi-monthly by Hereford Lore, before we became Herefordshire Lore, from 1993 to 2003 and was the fore runner of our quarterly magazine ‘In Our Age’.

There are all sorts of facinating snippits of history and heritage including:

Alf Evans’s recollection from 1942, ‘Tragedy Strikes R.O.F.’ from 1942 published in Volume 1 Issue 6 in May 1994.

Why in 1957, when the Queen visited Herefordshire, a pig took centre stage in ‘Pig meets Queen’ by Betty Moore published in Volume 4 Issue 4 in July 1996.

Gladys Sweeney recalls memories of cleaning railway carriages in Barton Yard (now Sainsbury’s) during the war published in Volume 10 Issue 6 in December 2002.

River Voices

River Voices: Stories from the Wye
River Voices: Stories from the Wye.                                  Photo Credit Brian Croker/In Our Age

Herefordshire Lore has received a funding boost for a new project about the River Wye

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has given £27,600 to the ‘River Voices: Stories from the Wye’ project which focuses on stories in, on, and beside the Wye – from bathers, ghillies, walkers, fishermen, canoeists and others.

The project offers an opportunity for people of all generations to discover and explore the living history of this stretch of water that slices through the county, and learn new skills too.

The production of a book, website, three newsletters, school learning package, and oral history training in addition to reminiscence workshops and an exhibition, will ensure a wide-ranging audience for this human history of the River Wye in Herefordshire.

Herefordshire Lore has been collecting, publishing and archiving people’s memories since 1989. Its archive of work, represented by hundreds of hours of voice recordings and pages of written transcriptions, largely undertaken by volunteers, is unsurpassed.

Herefordshire Lore’s chairman, Mark Hubbard, said: “We are delighted to be awarded this funding from the HLF, thanks to National Lottery players.

“Herefordshire Lore has years of experience in recording the county’s history, and has built up a huge and valuable archive that will be a huge resource for future generations.

“I am excited to see what stories we uncover in River Voices. I would encourage anyone interested in volunteering for the project, even just a small part, to get in touch with the project manager.”

Vanessa Harbar, Head of HLF West Midlands, added: “Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, this project will capture local memories, building up a picture of the county’s relationship with the river throughout the decades.”

If you are interested in getting involved, have a story to tell, or would like to learn more about the reminiscence and oral history sessions, contact project manager Marsha O’Mahony:



It costs only £14 a year to receive In Our Age (four issues a year). Group subscriptions (10 copies a time) are still only £30 a year.

Please make cheques payable to Herefordshire Lore and send to: Herefordshire Lore, Castle Green Pavilion, Castle Green, HR1 2NW

Ensure that you include your address including postcode.

(Please note that this is for the UK only, please contact us and ask for pricing for other countries.)



Every issue of ‘In Our Age‘ is available to read online so that people far and wide can read it. However local volunteers work on the magazine and website to give you this fascinating history of Herefordshire.

So why not donate to Herefordshire Lore so that we can keep publishing the paper version of ‘In Our Age,’ that is read by so many people who do not have computers or the internet?

Just send us a cheque for any amount made out to ‘Herefordshire Lore’ to:

Herefordshire Lore, Castle Green Pavilion, Castle Green, HR1 2NW

(Please include your name and email address so that we can thank you.)