The Hive chosen to represent England for national launch

The HIve Published Wednesday, 7th November 2018

The Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service based at The Hive has been chosen to host the English launch of this year's Explore Your Archive campaign.

The launch event, which takes place at The Hive on Saturday, 24 November, gives people the opportunity to discover more about the collections in Worcestershire.

Explore Your Archive is a year-long campaign, run by the Archives and Records Association, which aims to celebrate the unique potential of archives to excite people, bring communities together and tell amazing stories. The campaign is being launched right across the UK and Ireland, with separate launches in each nation.

Archivist Charlene Taylor said: "We are thrilled to represent England for this national launch. This is a unique opportunity for visitors to celebrate our local and national heritage by exploring the wonderful stories held in our archives."

One of many attractions of the day sees free screenings of 'Worcestershire on Film', showcasing historic footage from the county's fascinating past.

There will also be exhibitions and displays of original documents. The Explore the Past team will be on hand holding a one-off  'Saturday Surgery' where people can seek one-to-one advice from experienced Archive, Historic Environment Record, Archaeology and Conservation teams. 

A book sale is also being held on the day, including new and used book stock, so that people really can take a little piece of history home with them.

There is an exciting line up of speakers for a series of free talks, from renowned speakers in historical topics, including one from Professor Nicholas Vincent about two newly discovered King John Charters held within the Worcestershire collections.

The Friends of Worcestershire Archives will be joining in the fun, hosting a bake sale on the day.

The day is free to attend. Drop in any time between 10.30 and 1pm on Level 0.

Booking is essential for the talks which run from 1-4.30pm.

For more information, go to the Hive's website.