It’s been party season at Greyfriars House and Garden recently as we celebrated its 50th anniversary with the National Trust. We have marked this occasion by opening a brand new interpretation entitled 'The Battle to Save Worcester's Heritage’ which gives visitors the chance to walk back through history and learn the story of Greyfriars and its people.
Worcester city has seen some dramatic changes over the last half a decade with many medieval and historic properties sadly lost to demolition and redevelopment. Greyfriars itself also faced this threat, but with the help of the Worcestershire Archaeological Society, and brother and sister team Elsie and Matley Moore, Greyfriars was saved in the nick of time and restored to be the beautiful and interesting property you see today. The Moore’s had unusual tastes and every ornament, tapestry, chair and colour scheme has its own interesting story or fact. In 1966, the property was donated to the National Trust by Elsie and Matley Moore, to be saved for future generations to enjoy.
Visitors can now come and see our representation and have the chance to attend a 1960s archaeology lecture, learn about the Moore’s infamous ‘Epiphany Tea Parties’, hear the voices of the residents as they tell their stories, and step back in time to a 1950s style room, modelled on the George’s Yard blind back houses. Outdoors they can see the garden in full bloom, with raised beds which are full of bright yellow begonias, to celebrate this golden anniversary.
To celebrate our 50th year we held a party in the garden with delicious food, balloons and of course, bunting. Many of our hardworking volunteers attended and joined in our celebrations alongside members of the Worcestershire Archaeological Society, and Mayor of Worcester; Councillor Paul Denman. The celebrations didn’t end there! The following Friday, the Greyfriars team welcomed Dame Helen Ghosh to the property. She was given a guided tour and had chance to view our representation. Our 50th anniversary was marked by the planting of a golden rose in our garden by Dame Helen who then joined our volunteers and staff members for a delicious outdoor lunch.
If you feel inspired by Greyfriars, why not become part of the team, and volunteer with us to help care for the house and garden for years to come.