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  • 19th August 2020
Adding a New Layer: 20th Century Heritage in Worcestershire – Communication

The expansion of communications networks, and in-particular cable and then electronic communications networks in the late 19th and 20th  Centuries, propelled the development of communications technology including the telephone, wireless (radio), television and computer, changing the technological, economic, political and cultural landscape, not only of the UK but the entire globe. This week we look...

  • 18th August 2020
Darwin & The Water Cure – Part 1 Mr. Darwin & Dr. James Manby Gully

Did you know Charles Darwin had links to Malvern? In this three part blog we look at his visits and connections to the water cure using some of the books and information in our collections. Much has been written about Charles Darwin and his discoveries during the HMS Beagle voyage [1831-36]. His observations of the...

  • 14th August 2020
VJ Day 75 Online Exhibition

On the 15th August we mark the 75th anniversary of VJ Day, Victory over Japan Day, when the Japanese forces surrendered to bring an end to the Second World War. We have brought together an online exhibition to commemorate the event, looking at Worcestershire’s connections to the war in the Far East, and how Worcestershire...

  • 11th August 2020
South Asian Heritage Month 18th July – 17th August

This is the first year of South Asian Heritage Month, initiated by the British Council. It is designed to help us explore the shared histories of the UK and South Asia. How have you been celebrating? Do you or someone you know have records to deposit with Worcester Archives Archaeology Service? South Asia is formed...

  • 10th August 2020
Missing the Olympics?

When we should have been watching the spectacle of the Olympic closing ceremony are you missing your fix of summer sports? Never fear we can instead be cheered by reflecting on Worcestershire’s sporting past. From the quirky hammer throwing of the past, to the more familiar athletics we have today, you are sure to feel...

  • 6th August 2020
Online Resources: Community Archaeology Guidance

Over the years we have worked with many local groups, and are keen to encourage and support communities to undertake their own research and projects. Our community excavations, such as those at the Commandery and The Hive, involved lots of volunteers, some of whom have gone on to take part in locally run projects. To...

  • 5th August 2020
Adding a New Layer: 20th Century Heritage in Worcestershire – Commercial Buildings

From corner shops, large department stores and shopping centres to market halls and exchanges, public houses, hotels, restaurants, banks and office blocks, the scale, range and character of commercial buildings leaves an impressive legacy in the landscape.   Shops From the mid-19th Century the commercial sector – stimulated by increased mobility and the development of...

  • 3rd August 2020
Archive Reopening

We are pleased to announce that we are opening our original archive searchroom to the public from Tuesday the 1st September. We will operate a phased approach to re-opening to help us to ensure that Worcestershire Archives is a safe space for all, and that the services we offer can be delivered safely. It also...

  • 2nd August 2020
Family History Questions 2

We’ve had another couple of questions come in. Firstly though we want to say that Ancestry.co.uk will continue to be available at home until at least the end of August, so you can continue with your research at home. My ancestor was in a workhouse we think, do you have records? We do have some...

  • 24th July 2020
My First Week as Archivist at The Hive

Hello everyone, I’d like to introduce myself as new member of the Archive Service at The Hive. Living locally in Worcester and after…..hmmmm let me count…. 10 years in the archives and records/information management sector I feel very privileged to be starting my new role as Archivist in Worcestershire. Having gained a lot of experience...