Join the behind the scenes tour of the Archive and Archaeology Service

View of the archives Published Friday, 18th November 2016

Ever wondered exactly what's in the archives at the Hive?

Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service is throwing open its doors and inviting people to step inside and discover the treasures stored in the county archives.

There are over 12 miles of archives relating to the County, including treasures such as William Shakespeare's marriage bond, a letter written on board the Titanic and the visitor book signed by Her Majesty the Queen during her visit to the Hive in July 2012.

This 90 minute tour will provide an opportunity for visitors to see areas not usually open to the public including the specially designed strongrooms and the archaeology workrooms where finds from excavations across the County and beyond are processed.  People will have the chance to handle Roman pottery as well as watch our conservator at work.

This is part of Explore Your Archive, a celebration of archives across the country, where people are encouraged to discover the amazing stories and documents which are held within archives.

Paul Hudson, Outreach manager, Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology Service, said: "As part of Explore Your Archive, this is a great opportunity to come and explore the places you don't normally get to see and find out where we store the archives and look at some of the treasures we hold. We'll also show you the conservator in action, and you'll get to handle archaeological objects discovered in Worcester. "

The workshop will take place on Wednesday November 23 between 2-3.30 pm at the Explore the Past floor on Level 2 of The Hive.

Places cost £6 each and as they are limited need to be booked in advance.

Please call 01905 766352 or email explorethepast@worcestershire.gov.uk or visit the Explore the Past desk on level 2 in The Hive