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. We provide a variety of advisory and commercial, archaeological and archival services to historians, community groups and developers.
Customer Notice Effective April 2023: New Archive Learning Programme
From April 2023, we're launching an exciting new archive learning programme based on customer feedback. For more information about this, such as adjusted opening hours and how to give feedback visit Explore the Past Customer Notice.
Worcestershire Archive preserves and makes accessible Worcestershire's documentary heritage for current and future generations. We protect, preserve, manage, record, interpret, share and promote the historic legacy of Worcestershire.
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. We also provide advise on, and accept, deposits of locally significant collections.
To find out more and explore further please contact us, search our website and collections and visit us at The Hive.
Explore the Past archives advice and information
Archaeology Planning Advice
We provide archaeological advice to Worcestershire’s local planning authorities, utilities, landowners, developers and communities to support development that conserves and enhances the historic environment. We work within national and local planning policies to ensure environmental sustainability. We also support proactive management and conservation of the rural historic environment, offering advice and support to landowners, farmers and foresters.
The Worcestershire Standards and Guidance for Archaeological Projects can be found alongside further supporting information on the Explore The Past Website.
Historic Environment Record
The HER database is the County of Worcestershire’s primary resource for archaeological and historic environment information. We hold approximately 83,000 records including archaeological sites, historic buildings, monuments, and landscape features. The HER can help you to research:
• Your area, whether that’s a village, a particular building, or parish
• A particular period of interest, including Roman, Medieval, and World War II
• Industries such as lime kilns, carpet factories, and needle manufacturing
• Historic artefacts, such as coins, pottery, plant, and animal remains
For further details on the information available, as well as details of our commercial searches, please visit the Explore the Past HER and resources page.
Learning and Outreach
We're here to help you discover stories about Worcestershire's past. Our enthusiastic and experienced team offers a wide variety of resources and support, including:
- Hands on school workshops and loan boxes
- Public events, talks, exhibitions and workshops
- Delivering and supporting community heritage projects, from oral history to archaeological fieldwork
Take a look at our website to see our upcoming public events or to find out more about how we can help you explore the past, from prehistory to the present day.
Worcestershire Archaeology is a well-respected provider of professional archaeology and heritage services to private individuals and the development, infrastructure, and construction sector. Over the last 40 years, we have forged a reputation for delivering projects to the highest standards in a reliable, timely, and professional manner while being sensitive to our client's requirements.
Our highly experienced team are uniquely placed to deploy a wealth of regional knowledge and experience to guide our clients through the heritage-related aspects of the planning process to pre-empt and limit heritage-related financial risks.
We undertake desk-based assessments, watching briefs, evaluations, excavations, and historic building recording. So whether you know exactly what services you require or have never commissioned an archaeologist before, our team is ready to help.
Please look at our Explore the Past Worcestershire Archaeology website to find out more about our services and how we can help you with your archaeological needs.
Alternatively, call 01905 765908 to discuss your requirements with one of the Worcestershire Archaeology management team, who will be more than happy to assist you.
The Hive and our self service resources
Monday to Sunday: 8:30am to 10pm
Closed most bank holidays
Original Archive Area
Tuesday: 10:00am to1:00pm and 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Wednesday: 1:30pm to 7:00pm
Thursday: 10:00am to 1:00pm and 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Friday: 10:00am to 1:00pm and 1:30pm to 4:00pm
Alternate Saturdays (See Original Archive Area dates open(PDF)): 10:00am to 1:00pm and 1:30pm to 4:00pm
Items can be ordered up to 30 minutes before closing
Historic Environment Record
Friday to Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10:30am to 1:30pm
Thursday: 10:30am to 1:30pm