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  • 9th April 2018
The Charles Archive: Saving Bromsgrove

This is the third in a series of blog posts celebrating the life and work of timber-frame building specialists FWB ‘Freddie’ and Mary Charles. Funded by Historic England, the ‘Charles Archive’ project aims to digitise and make more accessible the Charles collection.   Freddie Charles found himself teaching architecture at the University of Birmingham after...

  • 6th April 2018
Love & Death in The Archives – Parish Records Workshop

Parish Registers are a well used part of our collections, perhaps our most commonly used, being a key source of personal details for family historians. Everyday you can see people browsing them on microfilms here in The Hive. However whilst these are important, there is far much more to parish records than just the registers,...

  • 3rd April 2018
It Started With a Map…

An exhibition is taking place in The Hive café, inspired by the maps in our archives, and created by members of a MapArt Interest Group. It all began last year when artist Rosie McMinn started a group which met in The Hive to create artwork inspired by maps. If you have seen the maps in...