Archive

Posts from June 2020


  • 30th June 2020
Archive Enquiries

As some staff start to return to The Hive we have an update about archive enquries.   During these difficult times a little extra help can go a long way. So, from the 6th of July for a limited period, we would like to double our current enquiry time to one hour’s research for £16.00...

  • 29th June 2020
Camera Day – Our Digitisation Team Working From Home & Returning

It’s #CameraDay & our digitisation team have some top spec cameras to help photograph the documents, photos & archaeological objects in amazing resolution. This enables them to digitise photos, slides, glass slides and other mediums, some common but some quite rare and specialised. They’ve been working from home, like most of us, over the past...

  • 25th June 2020
Online Resources: WAAS on the Radio – One Tree Hill

This week’s online resource is a bit different. Instead of an index or catalogue we thought we’d share a radio programme we feature on which is still online and available to listen or even download – Radio 4’s Open Country programme on Whittington Tump. Last summer we were approached by Karen Gregor, producer of Open...

  • 23rd June 2020
Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology Service – The Hive update

Since late March The Hive has been closed and our staff have been mostly working from home & we’ve been contactable through our online enquiry system. Over the past few weeks we have been reviewing when we can reopen our public services (Original Archives, Self Service and Historic Environment Record desk). For the moment these...

  • 21st June 2020
Lockdown day in the life … Senior Illustrator

So how does our highly skilled illustrator more used to using an array of technology (light-box for back-illuminating objects, images, x-rays, etc.) do the same work at home? As part of an archaeological report, amongst all the other detailed records collected are photographs and sketches of objects as they were found in place. So, what...

  • 18th June 2020
Online records: Schools Database

School records in the archives can be a fascinating treasure trove. As well as official records, such as log books and attendance registers, there can also be scrapbooks, photos and even videos. One of our indexes on our website details the school deposits which we have, and can be searched at home ready for when...

  • 17th June 2020
Packing, bathing, miracles and crisis at the Malvern ‘Water Cure’

We are fortunate to live at a time when scientific understanding, technology and powerful medicines are available alongside an incredibly dedicated National Health Service saving countless lives against deadly disease every day. In the early 19th century, however, the link between what causes disease and Germ theory had yet to be established. Cholera, Typhoid and...

  • 16th June 2020
Archaeology 50: Historic Environment Record (or Sites and Monument Record)

Last  summer we gave an overview of 50 years of digging. Excavation is one of the main aspects of archaeology which people think about, and we’ve done plenty of that here over the past half century. Another important part is the Historic Environment Record (or HER), previously called Sites & Monument Record, which we have...

  • 12th June 2020
Worcestershire Farmsteads Project

  Since 2009, Worcestershire County Council has been working with English Heritage (now Historic England) to characterise historic farmsteads in the county. Taking this forward to a more in-depth level, the Worcestershire Farmsteads Project was established in 2017: the project is volunteer-driven with individuals carrying out building recording, photography and historical research. Our purpose is...

  • 11th June 2020
Online Resources: Heritage Gateway

This week’s online resource is Heritage Gateway, which provides access to some of the data in the Historic Environment Record, and is a great website to have a search and browse about the county’s archaeological past. The Historic Environment Record database is the County of Worcestershire’s primary resource for archaeological and historic environment information. Although...