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  • 14th August 2020
VJ Day 75 Online Exhibition

On the 15th August we mark the 75th anniversary of VJ Day, Victory over Japan Day, when the Japanese forces surrendered to bring an end to the Second World War. We have brought together an online exhibition to commemorate the event, looking at Worcestershire’s connections to the war in the Far East, and how Worcestershire...

  • 11th August 2020
South Asian Heritage Month 18th July – 17th August

This is the first year of South Asian Heritage Month, initiated by the British Council. It is designed to help us explore the shared histories of the UK and South Asia. How have you been celebrating? Do you or someone you know have records to deposit with Worcester Archives Archaeology Service? South Asia is formed...

  • 10th August 2020
Missing the Olympics?

When we should have been watching the spectacle of the Olympic closing ceremony are you missing your fix of summer sports? Never fear we can instead be cheered by reflecting on Worcestershire’s sporting past. From the quirky hammer throwing of the past, to the more familiar athletics we have today, you are sure to feel...

  • 6th August 2020
Online Resources: Community Archaeology Guidance

Over the years we have worked with many local groups, and are keen to encourage and support communities to undertake their own research and projects. Our community excavations, such as those at the Commandery and The Hive, involved lots of volunteers, some of whom have gone on to take part in locally run projects. To...

  • 5th August 2020
Adding a New Layer: 20th Century Heritage in Worcestershire – Commercial Buildings

From corner shops, large department stores and shopping centres to market halls and exchanges, public houses, hotels, restaurants, banks and office blocks, the scale, range and character of commercial buildings leaves an impressive legacy in the landscape.   Shops From the mid-19th Century the commercial sector – stimulated by increased mobility and the development of...

  • 3rd August 2020
Archive Reopening

  We are pleased to announce that we are opening our original archive searchroom to the public from Tuesday the 1st September. We will operate a phased approach to re-opening to help us to ensure that Worcestershire Archives is a safe space for all, and that the services we offer can be delivered safely. It...

  • 2nd August 2020
Family History Questions 2

We’ve had another couple of questions come in. Firstly though we want to say that Ancestry.co.uk will continue to be available at home until at least the end of August, so you can continue with your research at home. My ancestor was in a workhouse we think, do you have records? We do have some...

  • 24th July 2020
My First Week as Archivist at The Hive

Hello everyone, I’d like to introduce myself as new member of the Archive Service at The Hive. Living locally in Worcester and after…..hmmmm let me count…. 10 years in the archives and records/information management sector I feel very privileged to be starting my new role as Archivist in Worcestershire. Having gained a lot of experience...

  • 19th July 2020
Find of the Month – May 2020 – a tiny Roman coin

A lovely little find where it shouldn’t have been A very small Roman coin found in blackish sandy fill among deposits of occasional pottery sherds. With coinage being quite a commodity, what was it doing there? It’s only a coin You might think that finding a coin might be a regular occurrence on a dig...

  • 17th July 2020
Animals & Ancestors: Bones from the Pyre

What do animals mean to you? For our second blog in the series about prehistoric landscapes, Liz Pearson, our Environmental Archaeologist, explores the tale of two Bronze Age burials, their unusual choice of animal companions and relationship with the land. From the edge of the woodland we see four people lay the body of a...