Monday, 14 May 2012

Books, books and more books...

This week it is all hands on deck as we concentrate all our efforts on blitzing the work left to do on the thousands of books we have. It is going to be a sad end to the week as our Local Studies Librarian, David, is leaving us for pastures new; so while he is still here we are making the most of his knowledge to get as much done as possible!

So, what exactly is happening?

  • The Local Studies library collections from the Record Office, the History Centre, the City library and the archaeology service are being merged. This is a momentous occasion as it is the first time all of these volumes have been together in one, easily-accessible home.

    • Our special collection library, called the Palfrey Collection is being placed into glass cabinets in our searchroom on the History floor. This extensive collection was bequeathed to the County Council by Alderman H.E.Palfrey, Chairman of the Records Committee; who was crucial in the County Council’s decision to set up its own Record Office in 1947. Compiled over many years the collection boasts a rare selection of antiquarian studies; first edition volumes and books crucial to the study of Worcestershire. These books will be locked in cabinets and will be accessible by requests to a member of staff. This is will be the first time these books have ever been on public display!

    • Each and every book is having its location updated on Talis - our online library catalogue.

    • Each book is being stamped as Reference Only and Local Studies Collection.
    • Minor repair work is taking place. This can include work on drooping spines and torn covers.

    David, our Local Studies Librarian - working hard to finish everything before he leaves :(

    We have already made a huge amount of progress on our library stock since the History Centre moved to The Hive; hopefully after this week the end may be in sight!

    Tuesday, 8 May 2012

    The History Centre has moved to The Hive

    The removal men arrived on Monday morning, and just over twenty four hours later everything from the History Centre had been moved to The Hive. Staff are now settling into the new building and finding their way around. There is still lots of work to do before we open but it is nice to finally be all together in one place!

    All of the History Centre was packed up into crates ready to go:

    The removal company then did a very speedy job of getting it across to The Hive:

    The History Centre looked very different once emptied:

    It was sad to see the end of an era when we left the History Centre for the last time, but we are looking forward to seeing customers old and new when The Hive opens on 2nd July.

    Wednesday, 2 May 2012

    Flood defences at The Hive

    We have just endured the wettest April for 100 years, and many will remember only too clearly the flooding we have experienced in recent years in Worcester; so many of you may be wondering 'just how well is The Hive protected against the threat of floods'?

    The lanscaped areas surrounding The Hive:

    When The Hive was in its planning stages, a lot of work was carried out with the Environment Agency to assess the impact it would have on the area and in particular the flood capacity of the site. The building and its surroundings were then carefully designed with this in mind. In order to take account of future developments, flood predictions were calculated for the next 100 years, with an additional 20% added to allow for any unexpected anomalies.

    One of the basins, which absorb water into the ground:

    The whole of the building has been constructed to sit above the predicted flood plain, which means that it is not in any threat of flooding. An additional protective feature has also been put into place, which sees the building surrounded by basin like areas that are specially designed to absorb any water that enters them. This means that water entering the basin, either as heavy rainfall or as floodwater, is drawn into the ground and away from the building.

    The Hive has improved the flood capacity of the area:

    The construction of The Hive has actually improved the flood capacity of the area surrounding it, as it now features a greater expanse of soft surfaces. By replacing hard surfaces such as tarmac with landscaped areas of grass, the opportunity for water absorption is increased. So rest assured, our lovely new building is perfectly safe and protected from those rising river levels!