WORCESTER City Council has been presented with 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, was presented at the RFA Club in Piccadilly, London.
Appearing on the City Council’s uniforms, vehicles, buildings and documents, the award is made in recognition of how widely the city’s crest is used and recognised by the public. It can also been seen on many locations around the city, including street benches, parks and the railway bridge at the main Foregate Street station.
Collecting the award, the Mayor of Worcester, Councillor Roger Knight, said: “Worcester is a city that is very proud of its history and it was an honour to receive this national recognition of our commitment to the Faithful City’s heritage.”
Looking forward to entering a new phase of working with partners to make the most of Worcester’s heritage, Coun Lucy Hodgson, Worcester City Council Cabinet member for History and Heritage, said: “The Corporate Heraldry Award is an important recognition of our efforts. It paves the way for upcoming initiatives, including a £260,000 investment to establish the historic Commandery building as a nationally recognised Civil War themed visitor attraction and a bid to have Worcester recognised as an official Heritage City.”
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 described 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.
Mr Whitworth researched the use of these and other heraldic emblems in the city, creating more than 2,000 images of instances where they are employed.
Roger Whitworth said: “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.”
Following its receipt of the prize, Worcester is now due to host the British Heraldic Conference, which will take place at the University of Worcester August 25-28.