Since the collapse of Eastham Bridge on 24th May 2016, specialists from Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service have been working to record the damage, examine the archaeological impact of the reinstatement process, and to ensure that the works and the collapse’s impact on the local community are documented for future generations.

The centuries-old crossing of the River Teme at Eastham has long been of vital social and economic importance to residents, and an extensive archive of information relating to the history of the crossing and the bridge has survived thanks to the diligence of local people through the centuries.

Maps, accounts and other documents reveal the history of Eastham, and the people who built, maintained and used the river crossing, in fascinating detail.

Stretching back further still, a wealth of archaeological evidence tells us about the river’s importance through thousands of years of human activity, from fording points to medieval fortifications, ┬áright back to the nearby discovery of a 4000-year old stone wristguard.