Using the Archives

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.

What we do

Our friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable staff provide access to archive services and resources to thousands of people each year. We make available the records of the county’s history, connecting you with the stories of Worcestershire people and places through historical maps, parish registers, wills, photographs and much more.

Explore our collections

For those unable to make the journey to Worcester, there are various ways for you to get access to archives you need. We’re happy to advise you free of charge on our service and the collections we hold, and we offer a paid research service undertaken by our expert staff. In addition, we can provide copies of commonly used resources such as wills, parish registers, and electoral registers.

For more information please consult our resource list, list of services, fees and charges and contact us with your enquiry.

Contact us

Visiting us

You are very welcome to visit us at The Hive, Worcester, UK, where our friendly staff will be available to guide you through many historic resources to support your research. Before you visit, you can browse our archive catalogue and collections, leaflets and guides, and download our Visitor’s Guide, which will tell you all you need to know.

Visit us

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"This is our very first visit to The Hive in the pursuit of tracing our family tree. It is an amazing place – so well laid out, so much amazing research material to hand. But, most of all, the wonderfully helpful, friendly staff on hand to help with every query. We travel up from Hampshire and to arrive and find everything so laid out is great. We have been to other Record Offices but this is really No. 1! We can't wait for our next visit!!" Family Historians, Hampshire

"Can I just congratulate you and your team at The Hive on your rocket response to my request sent yesterday. You are the most efficient and fastest responding archive service that I've dealt with in the last 10 years by far. Thanks for the information and I hope to send further requests in the new year, as this has just opened up a whole line of further enquiry in Worcestershire!" Remote enquirer