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  • 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...

  • 16th June 2020
Archaeology 50: Historic Environment Record (or Sites and Monument Record)

Last  summer we gave an overview of 50 years of digging. Excavation is one of the main aspects of archaeology which people think about, and we’ve done plenty of that here over the past half century. Another important part is the Historic Environment Record (or HER), previously called Sites & Monument Record, which we have...

  • 12th June 2020
Worcestershire Farmsteads Project

  Since 2009, Worcestershire County Council has been working with English Heritage (now Historic England) to characterise historic farmsteads in the county. Taking this forward to a more in-depth level, the Worcestershire Farmsteads Project was established in 2017: the project is volunteer-driven with individuals carrying out building recording, photography and historical research. Our purpose is...

  • 11th June 2020
Online Resources: Heritage Gateway

This week’s online resource is Heritage Gateway, which provides access to some of the data in the Historic Environment Record, and is a great website to have a search and browse about the county’s archaeological past. The Historic Environment Record database is the County of Worcestershire’s primary resource for archaeological and historic environment information. Although...

  • 10th June 2020
Asparagus & the Vale of Evesham

Asparagus is intrinsically linked to Worcestershire, especially the Vale of Evesham where it has protected food status. This luxury vegetable has had its ups and downs, with commercial growing dwindling from the 1970s until a revival in the 21st century. It was popular among market gardeners, with plants providing a good cash crop for over...

  • 10th June 2020
Adding a New Layer: 20th Century Heritage in Worcestershire – Civil Buildings

From Police Stations and Local Government Offices to Civic Centres and Post Offices – Public Architecture is generally designed to embody institutional values and responsibilities as well as pride in public services and more recently a greater sense of community and cohesion. From the grandiose to the more modest, this group of buildings reflects who...

  • 5th June 2020
Volunteers Week 2020 – Redditch Tribunals

Each year in Volunteers Week we like to acknowledge the wonderful support our volunteers give. The equivalent of around 450 days across all aspects of what we do – archaeological finds, conservation, archive indexes, outreach projects, oral history, and research. They provide us with great support, doing tasks which we wouldn’t be able to do...

  • 4th June 2020
Online Resources: Name Indexes

More and more people are looking for online name indexes to help them with their family history, or with house or local history. On our website we have several indexes with names which have created by our wonderful volunteers.   Our 12 miles of archives contain numerous names, which may be people you are interested...

  • 3rd June 2020
Family Activity – House History

Whilst you are spending time at home, why not investigate your house? What can you find out about it and people who may have lived there before? Can you draw a picture of it? We know some children have been looking at their house, either as part of work set by school or as a...

  • 2nd June 2020
Document washing. Really?

Yes, document cleaning by washing them! People that visit The Hive, and in particular the behind the scenes tours, are impressed with the conservation of the documents and books. They are often amazed that this is because we wash the documents. Why do we do this?  How is washing a document ok? The main image...