Events and Activities in Libraries

Platinum Jubilee – HM The Queen’s Worcestershire Visits Exhibition

26 May 2022 to 4 September 2022

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The Hive will be holding a Jubilee exhibition that will celebrate the Queen’s visits to Worcestershire over the last 70 years, starting with her visit in 1951 whilst still a Princess, through to 2012 when she officially opened The Hive.

Photos within the exhibition have been sourced from collections across the county including historical societies, local libraries and Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology Service which is located at The Hive.   

Exhibition Introduction Talk and Live Screening with Joanna Lumley – 26 May 2022 from 6:30pm

The Platinum Jubilee Exhibition will launch on Thursday 26 May at 6:30pm with a short talk by Paul Hudson, Learning and Outreach Manager from Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service, who will introduce the collection and share some of the stories behind the archive.  

This will then be followed by a live streaming at 7pm of an event, hosted by the British library - A Queen for All Seasons: A Celebration of Queen Elizabeth II. Actor Joanna Lumley and Sunday Times Royal Editor Roya Nikkhah will talk to host and broadcaster Moira Stuart about the 70-year reign and extraordinary life of service of Queen Elizabeth II, from the early 1950s to the present day.  

Places for both these events are FREE and can be booked here.

If you can’t make the launch event don’t worry – the exhibition will be in place all through the summer, so pop into the Hive to take a look.

Touring Jubilee Exhibition

A curated version of the exhibition will also be touring a selection of Worcestershire libraries on the following dates:

Bromsgrove - 20 May to 10 June 
Redditch - 13 June to 4 July 
Malvern - 5 July to 25 July
Kidderminster - 26 July to 17 August
Evesham - 18 August to 5 September

Jubilee Activities for Children and Families 

Worcestershire Libraries will also be holding a variety of FREE drop-in children’s activities to mark the celebrations, including craft activities, story time and music visit your local libraries page to find out more!

Big Jubilee Read

Worcestershire Libraries will be taking part in The Big Jubilee Read, a reading for pleasure campaign that celebrates great reads from across the Commonwealth. 70 titles have been chosen from a ‘readers’ choice’ longlist with ten books from each decade of HM The Queen’s reign. Many of the books on the list are available from your nearest library to borrow or available to loan digitally via Borrowbox. Discover the full list here or drop into your nearest library to find out more!

To find out what else is happening in Worcestershire and how you can get involved in celebrations visit the Worcestershire County Council page.

For regular events and information on library sessions happening in your local area visit your Local Library page.