For such a small village, Abberley has long been an industrious one.
During our research into the 20th century history of the parish, we discovered the following range of occupations & industries were active at one time or another:
- market gardening
- fruit growing
- brick manufacture
- coal-mining (bell pits & opencast)
- Carriage building / bus depot
- growth of commuting / flight from the village to find work
- Home working & creative industries
- Renaissance of interest in local produce: hops, orchards etc
- Education & apprenticeships
- Environmental issues, recycling and sustainability
- Census – occupations, population levels (both 1911 returns & subsequent overall stats)
- Commercial directories
- local papers – advertisements, controversy over planning, details of closures
- Sale particulars
- County Council Planning papers
- Local knowledge, oral history & reminiscence
- Civil parish council records (planning & local relations)
- local & specialist histories
- industrial archaeology reports (HER)
- marketing materials
National Federation of Womens’ Institutes resolutions and actions
1943: The first AGM since 1939 was held; resolutions discussed included urging the Government that equal facilities for full education at all levels should be provided in town & country & a demand that men & women should receive equal pay for equal work.
1943: Sir Richard Livingstone, speaking at The Questions of the Day residential conference, suggested that the WI should start its own residential college of adult education.
1974: The AGM called for a national policy for reclamation, reuse & recycling of waste.
2002: NFWI speak at Johannesberg Summit on Climate Change