Archive advice and information

Information & advice

Our customers are global as well as local. We provide access to archive resources to thousands of people each year. We make available the records of the county’s history and archaeology, connecting you with the stories of Worcestershire people and places through historic maps, parish registers, wills, photographs and much more.

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For those unable to make the journey to Worcester, we offer services to get our resources to you. We are happy to advise you free of charge, 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 get in touch directly or consult our list of services, fees and charges.

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Transcription & translation services

Our collections span a wide period of time and cover many handwriting styles, some of which can be very difficult to decipher. We are skilled at accurately transcribing historical documents and setting the record into its historical context. We can also transcribe documents from Latin to English. For more information about this service and a quote for the work, take a look at our policies and charges.

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Services for the media & use of collections


We welcome enquiries from the media on the use of our collections, and are happy to advise on possible archive sources for potential stories. Radio/TV journalists and any other media researchers are very welcome to visit us at The Hive to undertake more detailed research, or we can be commissioned to carry out research on your behalf.

Use of resources

We’re always pleased to see items from our collections used in publications and by the media. In common with other archives, libraries and museums, Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service has the right to authorise the reproduction of prints, drawings, documents, maps, manuscripts and paintings in our care, and can grant permission to reproduce these items in exchange for a charge.

Where copyright is not held by WAAS, permission for reproduction must be obtained from the copyright holder before the material is used.


If you would like to film at The Hive or an external location, we’d be happy to help. Filming will be supervised by staff and a fee will be charged for their time.

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Visiting us

You are very welcome to visit us at The Hive, Worcester, UK, where friendly, expert staff will be available to guide you through the resources and your research. Before your visit, feel free to browse our catalogue and collections, or download our Visitor’s Guide which will tell you all you need to know.

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