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  • 10th January 2019
Eighteenth Century Toy Shops in Worcester

In the eighteenth century Worcester had a wide variety of shops and evidence has been found to show that this included fashionable toy shops. Here we explore a little bit more about where these shops were located in the city. What we think of as toy shops now are very different to what they were...

  • 8th January 2019
Start (or restart) something new in 2019?

Happy New Year! We know this is a time when many people are looking at doing something new or picking up something they started but had to put on hold. Family and house history are amongst these things and each January we have people coming to The Hive asking us how to begin their search,...

  • 28th December 2018
Suffrage 100: The General Election December 1918

The 1918 general election was called almost immediately after the armistice and was held on 14 December. Some felt that the election was rushed especially given the influenza epidemic and the fact that many of the male voters were still overseas. It was the first general election to be held after the new Representation of...

  • 27th December 2018
The Charles Archive: The Freddie Charles Method

This is the twentieth in a series of blog posts celebrating the life and work of timber-frame building specialists F.W.B ‘Freddie’ and Mary Charles. Funded by Historic England, the ‘Charles Archive’ project aims to digitise and make more accessible the Charles Archive collection.   This blog explores the methods and techniques Freddie Charles used within...

  • 21st December 2018
Kays at Christmas, 1973

Christmas 1973 was the Christmas of Merry Christmas Everybody by Slade, and Wizzard’s I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday, with Slade taking the No.1 spot. Other festive records were Gaudete by Steeleye Span and Step Into Christmas by Elton John at 26. But what were people buying? After visiting the Kays catalogues of the...

  • 19th December 2018
Archive Research Opportunities for River Severn Project

** Please note that on 9 Jan we reached our number of volunteers. However Lucy has a waiting list for if anyone drops out**   Would you like to help with research about the River Severn for a major project? Would you like to find out more about using archives? As part of the Unlocking...

  • 18th December 2018
The Charles Archive: Controversial Conservation at The Commandery

This is the nineteenth 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. The story of The Commandery restoration is rather protracted, one which involves plunging...

  • 16th December 2018
Win-Win Collaboration between WAAS Conservation and George Marshall Medical Museum

Rhonda, our Conservator, has recently finished working on a Surgeons Case Book from 1870, belonging to the George Marshall Medical Museum which we hope will be the first of many in collaboration with museum curator, Louise Price. Louise has recently set up an ‘Adopt a Book’ scheme encouraging supporters to contribute to the cost of conservation...

  • 15th December 2018
Give the gift of family history this Christmas

Our Explore the Past guide really is the perfect stocking filler. And, at 70 pages long, it’s packed full of insight on how you can start researching your past – it really is the gift that keeps on giving! If you’re searching for something unique to buy your nearest and dearest, or even your colleagues,...