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  • 20th June 2021
Researching Beyond the Census for Father’s Day

Family history research can take you beyond the census, via newspapers, and into the original archives. One of our staff researching her great-great-grandfather in Worcester discovered he built some important local buildings, including the now demolished Worcester Dispensary. His name shows up on building plans and in his church cashbook, as he kept himself busy.

  • 17th June 2021
Updated Map and Plans Index

While we have been closed to visitors, staff have been working hard during the past year to make more of our archives available to researchers working remotely. We have been working on updating our Maps and Plans Index and have created a new searchable database that will replace the existing one on our website. You...

  • 15th June 2021
Hidden History and Hidden Heroes

We have started a new series on Tuesday highlighting the underrepresented parts of history and our collections – you can find them on social media by looking for #HiddenHeroes or #HiddenHistory.  These people or groups may be hard to find within the archives, or difficult to find in the archaeological record. It may be due...

  • 14th June 2021
Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology Service Customer Survey

Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology Service Customer Survey is now live! We’d like to hear what you think about our services. Have you visited us in The Hive, read posts on our social media, or sent an enquiry to our Archives or Historic Environment Record teams? Have you used our online resources, catalogues, databases and indexes?...

  • 30th May 2021
Family History Webinars

We've new online Family History workshops coming in June and July. Get help in starting or restarting family history, with tips from many years experience of helping people in the searchroom and answering question.

  • 27th May 2021
Worcester Life Stories

Worcester Life Stories is a collaborative project bringing local people together through shared stories of the City of Worcester. We supported the project by digitising photographs from film they had in their collections. Sheena Payne-Lunn, Historic Environment Record Officer for Worcester City Council, explains about the project and shares some of the lovely images we digitised.

  • 25th May 2021
Archaeology Quest – Half Term Activity

Over half term we are going around Worcestershire with a family Archaeology Quest, with the help of the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Come and have a go at being an archaeologist and see what you can discover! We’ve got several challenges for you have a go at – see what you can identify and work...

  • 13th May 2021
Titanic: Henry John Spinner – Third-class

Mr. Henry John Spinner (also known as Harry) from Worcester, was a glover travelling in third class on the Titanic to Gloversville, near New York in America, probably to work there. Aged 32, he had been born in 1880 in the Arboretum, Worcester where he had lived with his family before later moving with his...

  • 12th May 2021
Nurse Stocks – International Nurses Day

For International Nurses Day we are looking in brief at the life of a local nurse Laura Stocks (1877-1973) who worked at the Hartlebury VAD Hospital during World War 1. She compiled scrapbooks of photographs, sketches, cartoons and messages of appreciation from the patients at Hartlebury Castle, which are now in the archives in The Hive, and provide an amazing insight into life there.