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  • 19th May 2022
Henry Usborne’s Prescription for World Peace: A Global Government

Our archivists have recently completed the cataloguing of a large collection originally belonging to Henry Usborne, MP for Birmingham and activist for world peace. His records are fascinating for anyone interested in British post-war politics, international governments, or responses to the threat of Nuclear Armageddon. Henry Charles Usborne [1909-1996] was a Birmingham MP, politician, lobbyist,...

  • 18th May 2022
Archives 75 – My Favourite Archive

Here in the archives we have 12 miles of shelves of archives covering 900 years. When we opened in the Shire Hall in 1947 deposit number 1 was Worcestershire Quarter Sessions (a combination of a local court and forerunner to the County Council, having a role overseeing roads and bridges). We’ve recently received deposit number...

  • 4th May 2022
Archives 75 – Dr Lisa Snook, User Services Manager 2012-19

As we continue our look back of 75 years of Worcestershire Record Office, we arrived in The Hive with Victoria Bryant’s blog last week. With the creation of Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology Service the roles of County Archivist were shared between Victoria as head of service, with Dr Lisa Snook and Dr Adrian Gregson leading...

  • 29th April 2022
Willing Worcestershire Completed

Our Conservator Rhonda has just completed the colossal task of repairing and preserving 15 boxes of Worcestershire wills which until now had been sorely lacking the attention they needed. This project was part of a grant from the National Conservation of Manuscripts Trust (NCMT). These wills are from a collection consisting of over 1050 boxes....

  • 22nd April 2022
Unlocking the Archaeology of the Severn

  From the 8th April until 11th June an exhibition celebrating the Unlocking the Severn Project will be on show in The Hive.  It is the culmination of a five-year project run by the Canal and Rivers Trust in partnership with Severn Rivers Trust, the Environment Agency and Natural England. Funding is being provided by...

  • 21st April 2022
Welcome to the Darkroom

Introducing the new Senior Archival Photographer for WAAS here at The Hive, Steven Wood-Matthews. Hello, my name is Steven Wood-Matthews, and I am the new Senior Archival Photographer here at The Hive. It is my job to digitise items from our collection for our service users and for external clients be that locally, nationally, or...

  • 20th April 2022
Archives 75 – Debbie Birch, Records Information Services Manager 2004-2007

Debbie Birch followed as the third County Archivist, although now named Record and Information Services Manager. In the next in our Archives 75 series she shares her memories of her times here. During this period plans advanced to be part of the Library and History Centre project, which culminated in the move to The Hive....