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Archives and Archaeology in Worcestershire

Explore the Past is Worcestershire County Council’s Archive and Archaeology Service. From our base at The Hive, Worcester, we care for Worcestershire’s past for the benefit of present and future generations. Our friendly, professional Archive and Archaeology staff can give advice on anything from archival research to historical artefacts, and we provide a variety of archaeological and archival services to historians, community groups and developers.

Discover our services below and see how we can help you explore the past.

The Original Archives and Historic Environment Record Desk will reopen to visitors from April 13th.  As previously, bookings for original archives will be limited to one person per booking and one booking per week, made a week in advance. Visits to the HER need to be 24 hours in advance.

For more details see our Reopening Blog.

 The self service area will remained closed for the present.

Our Archaeology Field Section continue to undertake archaeological site work.

You can still contact us with enquiries via our Contact Us page and download a free guide to our online resources here.

Concrete and Gold

Archives and archaeology inspire Art!

‘Concrete and Gold’ is a poem written and performed by CJ, Worcestershire’s Young Poet Laureate 2018, for Explore the Past.

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