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Visit Worcestershire’s Archive and Archaeology virtual services during lockdown

Published Friday, 17th April 2020

Many of the county’s Archive and Archaeology services are still available despite The Hive being closed.

The team are providing as many services as possible whilst people are asked to stay at home to save lives, during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Background information about archive sources and some indexes are online at www.explorethepast.co.uk and residents can download a free seventy page guide to all the online resources.

During the period of lockdown the Find My Past and Ancestry are both available to customers at home for free, so people can continue some of their research.

The Archive Team are still answering all enquiries and updating online catalogues. Most questions can be answered without looking at original documents in the strong rooms.

 Our Outreach Team are now following government advice and working from home with individuals and groups to develop new projects and online resources which will be useful for home schooling.

Worcestershire Archaeology aren’t out excavating the moment but digging is only part of what archaeologists do. There are plenty of findings to report on and publish.

The Archaeological Advisory Team also continue to support the County and District planning teams and monitor archaeologists working across Worcestershire.

Councillor Lucy Hodgson, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Communities, said:

“There’s plenty of interesting information for people to access online whilst at home. I’m really impressed with how the team have adapted so residents can read more about our history. I’m looking forward to even more resources for children being available soon.”

Victoria Bryant, Archive & Archaeology Manager, said

“The staff have adapted brilliantly to working at home. Some can carry on with their normal work but other can’t and they are being creative and working on resources which will help people during lockdown.

We look forward to welcoming people back to The Hive, but in the meantime, you can find a lot of information on our website and download our research guide.”

If you are curious about history and archaeology go and find out more about Worcestershire Archives & Archaeology at www.explorethepast.co.uk.

You can also find out more on their social media channels by searching @ExploreThePast on Twitter and Facebook.