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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.

Our Original Archive Searchroom is open with a limited service. Please book using our booking form.

  • We’re open Tues-Thurs 10.30-15.30 by appointment only
  • Bookings, including requests for referenced documents, must be made at least one week in advance
  • Only one person per booking
  • In line with government guidance, a track and trace system has been implemented. All visitors to The Hive will now need to provide contact details to staff on arrival.

Self Service remains closed for the moment. The Historic Environment Record continues to answer enquiries using the online enquiry system and will reopen the public desk by appointment only from 3rd November. For full details see our Archive Reopening, HER Reopening and FAQs.  

Our Archaeology Field Section have restarted archaeological work on site.

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