WORCESTER City Council has won a prestigious national award for its use of the heraldic coats of arms to strengthen the city and organisation’s identity.
The Corporate Heraldry Award, which is sponsored by the national Heraldry Society and is made bi-annually, has been presented in the past to Thames Valley Police, the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, the Company of Master Jewellers, Norfolk County Council, Birmingham City Council and Abingdon on Thames Town Council.
The award, which will be presented in February 2016 at the Heraldic Society Lunch in London, is perfectly timed as the University of Worcester is due to host the British Heraldic Conference in August 2016.
The event is expected to be attended by national and international delegates, and key note speakers will include the eminent historians and heraldic specialists.
Coun Lucy Hodgson, cabinet Member for History and Heritage at Worcester City Council, said: “We are delighted that Worcester’s commitment to its heraldic heritage and the importance of the city crest has been recognised nationally.
“This award can only help to strengthen Worcester’s case to gain Heritage City status in 2016.”
The entry for the 2016 award was made by Worcester resident Roger Whitworth, a retired teacher and lecturer who now runs a Genealogy Research business in the city.
In his detailed entry, Mr Whitworth describes how Worcester residents identify the Council and City though a heraldic display that combines the Worcester City Ancient Arms and the Worcester City Modern Arms, which today are combined in the City Council’s logo.
Mr Whitworth has painstakingly researched the use of these and other heraldic emblems in the city, and created more than 2,000 images of instances where they are employed.
“It became very apparent to me during my research that residents and visitors have a very high recognition of the main heraldic emblems used by the City Council to identify both the organisation and Worcester itself,” he said.