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  • 4th July 2020
Family History Questions 1 – 4 July

We know lots of you have been continuing your family history research by taking advantage of Ancestry & Find My Past being available at home, as well as other resources. We’ve had a number of questions, and we thought we’d share a few. Our 80 page pdf guide contains lots of information too, so if...

  • 1st July 2020
Commemorative and Public Art of the 20th Century

Symbolic, reflective, challenging and often controversial, commemorative and public art of the 20th Century is an engaging part of our social, cultural and political landscape. Adding a New Layer: 20th Century Heritage in Worcestershire – Civil Buildings Over the past two years Worcestershire’s Historic Environment Record has been working to identify, record and better understand...

  • 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...