Latest news - Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology Service

  • 14th September 2021
Women of Iron

There is a popular image of 19thcentury blacksmithing as an all-male occupation; few would picture young women, juggling their families and businesses to survive as a smith.   We know women had all the strength and skill needed to be metal workers, locally many were nail makers and chain makers, but apprenticeship records show girls...

  • 1st September 2021
Vehicle Licences at Coulter’s of Evesham

New vehicle registration numbers released today. Until 1974 they were issued locally so we regularly enquiries about the original registers. We recently received one relating to a tractor, and is linked to a garage in Evesham called Coulter’s.

  • 25th August 2021
Bees & The Hive

1000 intricately painted bees are being displayed outside The Hive until 2nd September 2021 to raise funds for St Richard’s Hospice. Humans have long history with honey bees and we thought we’d take the opportunity to explore the archaeological and historical evidence of that relationship.

  • 23rd August 2021
No One Left Behind

We are pleased to announce that resources created in partnership with Museums Worcestershire to support heritage venues and organisations are now live! Videos and toolkits were created as part of the No One Left Behind Project, aimed at helping heritage organisations as they move forward after the pandemic.

  • 13th August 2021
Find Of The Month – July 2021 – A lovely find from an isolated pit

A small, small-find. You will have seen in previous Finds of The Month posts we have reported on Neolithic/early Bronze Age tools and pottery excavated from our some of quarry sites.  This post is about one of our archaeology team’s smallest, intact small-finds – a beautiful biconical bead. What we found. Firstly, we found a...

  • 5th August 2021
Willing Worcestershire

Rhonda, our Conservator, does amazing things to repair and conserve our documents. Currently she is working on 15 boxes of wills, thanks to funding from National Conservation of Manuscripts Trust.

  • 3rd August 2021
Worcestershire Archive: Celebrating South Asian Heritage Month (SAHM)

Sajid Riasat has been using Worcestershire Archive for many years to carry out his research, even before the service moved to The Hive building in Worcester, Level 2. Having previously spoken to Sajid back in December 2020 to discuss how WAAS can engage people with South Asian heritage, it felt right to get a few...

  • 1st August 2021
Reopening News – August

Our public services in The Hive are back to their normal opening hours. The Archive Searchroom & HER Desk are open as normal, & Self Service is once again open throughout The Hive's opening hours.

  • 28th July 2021
New Explore The Past podcast!

We've just published our first podcast! Using interviews we recorded as part of the Market Gardening Heritage Project the podcast has just gone live. have a listen and hear tales and memories of this important local industry.