Project Archives

  • 14th September 2022
The Vesta Tilley Collection

  Worcester County Council owns a collection of material which once belonged to Vesta Tilley (1864-1952), the musical hall actress. Here we give a brief over view of who Vesta was and what she did in her life, as well as displaying some of the material that makes up this fascinating collection. Born in Worcester...

  • 14th September 2022
Worcester City Collection

The Worcester City Archive contains five hundred years of documents relating to all aspects of Worcester. Between 2008 and 2012 the Heritage Lottery Fund funded dedicated staff to produce an online catalogue, exhibitions and educational resources. Our project partners were the University of Worcester, Worcester City Council, and the City and County Archaeology Services. The...

  • 17th August 2022
Historic Wyre Forest

Background to the Historic Environment of Wyre Forest   Wyre Forest is located in a valley landscape that has widespread signs of early prehistoric activity and seasonal settlement. While excavations at a settlement site in Blackstone, near the river town of Bewdley during the 1970’s proved that Iron Age settlement was found here during the...

  • 17th August 2022
Villages Assessment

Worcestershire Villages Historic Environment Resource Assessment   The Worcestershire Villages Historic Environment Resource Assessment was produced in 2013 as part of a Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service pilot project, funded by Historic England (then known as English Heritage). The project aimed to develop a method of ‘historic townscape characterisation’ for Worcestershire’s urban areas, identify means...

  • 17th August 2022
Flooding and Disaster Planning

  Protecting and enhancing Worcestershire’s special historic environment from natural disaster In 2014/15 Historic England funded Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service to undertake a project aimed at judging the impact of flooding and flood-prevention on the County’s special historic environment and landscape character. The project was undertaken with Dr Andy Howard of Landscape Research &...

  • 29th July 2022
The Croome Collection – The Archives of the Earls of Coventry

Welcome to the Croome Collection home page. From here you can find out information about the Earls of Coventry and their estate. An introduction to the Croome Collection The unique archive of the Earls of Coventry came into public owners hip in 2005 as part of the Acceptance in Lieu of Inheritance Tax Scheme, whereby...

  • 19th May 2022
Jewellery Quarter Cemeteries Project

Running since early May 2022, we meet weekly to do a classroom session then go out to the local cemeteries to do a hands on session looking at the history of the cemeteries, the stones, the burial practices, the people being commemorated (including their culture in context) and the archaeology of the memorials.

  • 29th July 2020
Digital Archive: Mancetter-Hartshill Roman Pottery Kilns

A nationally important archaeological archive is now accessible online due to a 2018-2020 digitisation project by Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology Service (WAAS). The Mancetter-Hartshill excavations investigated one of the largest known industrial complexes in Roman Britain, which was a major pottery production centre for mortaria and other pottery styles.

  • 5th April 2019
The Charles Archive

Freddie Charles was an architect and nationally-recognised expert in the conservation and repair of timber-framed buildings. His archive collection is held by us at The Hive and in 2018 Historic England funded a partnership project between WAAS and Worcester City Historic Environment Record to digitise and catalogue the collection and make it available for wider research for the first time.

  • 26th March 2018
Restoring and Celebrating the Whinfield Slide Collection

Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service, in partnership with Worcester Diocesan Church House Trust, have been awarded £39,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund  to conserve, catalogue and publicise the fascinating lantern slide collection of Arthur Henry Whinfield.