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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.


We are now fully open (Archive Searchroom Tues, Thu-Sat 10:30-16:00 and closed for lunch 13:00-13:30, Wed 13:30-19:00; HER Desk Tue & Thu 10:30-13:30; Self Service anytime during The Hive opening hours).

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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