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  • 5th February 2019
Find of the Month – January 2019

  It’s fairly common to find animal bones on archaeological sites. Most often there’s a range of different bones from an assortment of animals, left over from cooking or butchery. So when the finds trays start filling up with just one or two different bones, it’s a cue that something particular was going on. This...

  • 2nd February 2019
Worcestershire World War 100 – Mediterranean Campaigns

Did you know that the Worcestershire regiment had a battalion at Gallipoli in the First World War? That Worcestershire Yeomanry fought in Egypt and Palestine? Or that Worcestershire soldiers fought at Basra in modern day Iraq? A new leaflet has been produced by the Worcestershire World War One Hundred team all about Worcestershire’s links to...

  • 30th January 2019
Charles I and the Commission of Array 1642

One of the documents which we have in our display cabinets in our strongrooms is a relatively recent addition to our collection. A couple of years ago we acquired a Commission of Array for the City of Worcester dated 14 September 1642, which was just as the first military actions of the Civil War were...

  • 29th January 2019
Market Gardening Heritage project gets underway

  Driving over the bridge into Evesham you pass asparagus fields – a small remnant of the market gardening industry that thrived in the Vale of Evesham until the mid-20th century. A new project exploring and celebrating the market gardening heritage in the Vale is now underway and looking for volunteers. The key focus of...

  • 28th January 2019
Feedback focus: What everybody’s saying about Explore the Past (part 2)

Our Explore the Past guide frequently attracts positive feedback from users, including Roger Leake, Chairman of the Friends of Worcestershire Archives. Read about Roger’s experience of using it in this post. We published our Explore the Past guide a while ago to give people far and wide a helping hand with getting started with researching...

  • 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...