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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 Hive is now closed until further notice due to the current public health situation. 

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

Please be aware that we will not have access to original documents until The Hive re-opens. When we have any information about re-opening we will update you via the ExplorethePast website and our social media.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and appreciate your understanding at this time.

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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