Services Available

Services available on the 'Explore the Past' floor at The Hive

Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service occupies Level 2 (Explore the Past) at The Hive. The floor has three key areas for users to visit:

Original Archive Area

The Original Archive Area is the place to visit if you wish to view any of the original documents held within our archive collections, such as records of Worcestershire County Council; an extensive collection of Worcester City records; school and hospital records; business records and the private records of local families and estates. Access to original records is only available during our staffed hours (see Opening Times section for details).

Self-Service Area

Our Self-Service area is fully accessible to users from 8.30am to 10pm, during which time you can freely access the wide-range of sources on offer. We have frequently accessed sources, such as parish registers, newspapers and wills available on microfilm; an extensive Local Studies and Archaeology reference library; computers available for internet use and searching our electronic catalogues and indexes; free access to the Ancestry website and a wide range of finding aids and resources.

Historic Environment Record

This resource, which is fully accessible to the public, contains over 26,000 records relating to archaeological sites, historic buildings, and historic environment features, from early prehistoric finds to medieval agricultural landscapes and recent industrial structures, and from large-scale excavations to building records and individual stray finds. As well as holding all of the records for the County, the HER is available for the City of Worcester. Simple enquiries can be dealt with during normal opening hours. A member of the City HER is present in The Hive on Tuesday mornings to answer detailed enquiries.

Users wishing to speak to a member of staff to guide them through the Historic Environment Record resources on offer are able to book a 30-minute appointment free of charge (see Opening Times for details).