The Artist of the Month: Julie Hunt
Julie Hunt won the trophy for the Best Artwork at Hanbury Hall exhibition 2016. Her colour pencil drawing delighted all visitors with cute subject and perfect execution. More »
Westacre School pupils present their design for the Mural 2016
Westacre School pupils designed the Mural 2016 with the theme of Edward Winslow, his journey on Mayflower and his relationship with Native American chief. More »
DAN annual exhibition at Hanbury Hall
Each year DAN members hold an annual exhibition in the prestigious venue, Long Gallery at Hanbury Hall. More »
Yarn Bombing 2015
In Summer 2015 DAN members and local crafters organised a yarn bombing project in the Victoria Square in Droitwich. More »
Droitwich Salt Slaves
In 1215 slavery had nearly disappeared in England. This was due to the attitude of the church, who ruled people’s minds in the 13th century. The bishop of Worcester banned the exporting of slaves and so did William the Conqueror at the port of Bristol. The Norman’s feudal system did not need slavery; it had serfdom.
In spite of this, Droitwich, then known as Wich, was an unusual place. It had a concentration of unskilled workers working around the clock in shifts, cutting wood, feeding furnaces, continually stirring salt out of boiling brine, and transporting the salt by packhorse. It was a densely populated industrial centre of workers performing difficult and dangerous tasks night and day in a very dirty and smokey environment – a rare thing in England at that time. Due to the poor condition of the roads, salt manufacture in Wich could only be achieved during the summer months. In those days, salt was essential for preserving food; without it folk would starve during the winter.
The Royal Charter was signed by King John in Bridgenorth on August 1st 1215, about seven weeks after signing the Magna Carta on 15th June 1215. Four or five merchants from Wich, headed by the elected Reeve (chief), was granted an audience and knowing that John was desperately in need of money, struck a bargain that benefited both parties. The king let at the yearly rental of £100 (over £100,000 in today’s money) all his royal rights to the town of Wich.