Conference 2016

Summaries of conference papers

Richard Edwards, The Making of the Malvern Hills:


John Payne, Springs of the Malvern Hills, a geological perspective:


Pamela Hurle, The History of Conservation on the Malvern Hills:


More to follow


Tickets can also be purchased via post by sending a cheque (payable to “Voice of the Malvern Hills”), together with a S.A.E, to

Voice of the Malvern Hills,

38A Moorlands Rd,

Malvern WR14 2UA






  1. MIKE COLQUHOUN:  Mick has known the Malvern Hills from an early age as he had many relatives living in the area. He qualified in Medicine and was a GP in Malvern from 1984 – 2001 before pursuing a career in academic medicine at Cardiff University. For much of his time in this area he lived in West Malvern and took an avid interest in the bird life.

    Mick has been a keen photographer since childhood, always wanting to photograph birds and bought a suitable camera as soon as he qualified. The advent of digital cameras marked a turning point and since retiring from the NHS he has become a very active bird photographer. He now lives near Ross on Wye  but still spends considerable time on the Malverns, particularly watching Ravens and Peregrines. Mick is the county recorder for birds in Herefordshire.

  2. RICHARD EDWARDS:  Richard is a retired geologist. After graduating from Leeds University he worked as an exploration geologist in Uganda, Swaziland, France and Cornwall. Subsequently he was appointed as Senior Lecturer at the Camborne School of Mines in Cornwall where he specialized in the geology of mineral deposits. He co-authored a textbook  entitled ‘Ore Deposit Geology”.

    Richard is a founder member of the Malvern U3A Geology group and has delivered five lecture courses on different aspects of geology. He is also active in geological heritage and is currently advising the Malvern Hills Conservators on signage for Tank and North Quarries. He leads walks in the Welsh Borderland with a geological theme.

  3. JANE EVANS:  Jane has worked as an archaeologist in the region for about 30 years, working variously for Worcestershire county council, Birmingham University Field Archaeology Unit, and as a freelance specialist. She is currently a senior Finds Archaeologist for Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service, based at the Hive in Worcester. Her main interest is in the Iron Age and Roman pottery of the west midlands. Her work has included assemblages from Worcester, from excavations at Deansway in the 1980s and from more recent excavations at the City Campus and Hive sites, and from a Roman kiln site excavated in Malvern. Other projects have included pottery from Wroxeter, in Shropshire, from Metchley Roman fort in Birmingham, and a major Iron Age site at Beckford in Worcestershire. She is currently writing a chapter on the Iron Age pottery of Herefordshire, for inclusion in a volume on Herefordshire hillforts being produced by Keith Ray.

  4. PAMELA HURLE:  Pamela graduated from Southampton University and taught history at Ledbury Grammar School,  Malvern College, Malvern Girls’ College and South Worcestershire College.

    Pamela is well known as the author of many books on local history.  Her interest in local history was sparked off by a visit to Little Malvern Priory. Her first venture into publishing was a history of Welland. Subsequently, Phillimore published eight of Pamela’s books over a  thirty year period and she has privately published others. Pamela considers that her favourite is ‘The Forest and Chase of Malvern’, which was the culmination of over forty years of research and the successor to her earlier book on the Malvern Hills Conservators, subtitled “A Hundred Years of Conservation.” Her most recent book, published in 2015, is about the nuns of Stanbrook Abbey.

  5. JOHN PAYNE:  John Payne grew up in Weymouth, took a degree in physics at Imperial College and worked as a physicist at RRE/RSRE/DRA/DERA as it was variously named. On retirement he took up his long-standing interest in geology and joined what is now called the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust (EHT), based in the University of Worcester. He was for a period the Chairman of EHT and is now the Vice-President.  He was a founder member of the Geology section of the Woolhope Naturalists’ Field Club, based in Hereford, and is currently a committee member. He is a member of three other geological organisations. For all of these he leads geological walks locally and gives occasional talks on aspects of local geology. He is currently active in organising a team of volunteers to clean up important local geological sites and is the editor of a book on the geology of Herefordshire for the Woolhope Club which will be published in 2017.


Malvern Cube, Albert Rd North, Malvern, WR14 2YF

The conference will be held in the Theatre and lunch will be served in the Cafe.