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Celebrating 75 years of the Worcestershire Archives

Worcestershire archives at the hive Published Monday, 25th April 2022

Worcestershire’s Archive & Archaeology service is celebrating 75 years of the Worcestershire County Archives this year.

In the 75 years that the service has been in Worcestershire, the team has been collecting, preserving and archiving items including Shakespeare’s marriage bond, former Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin’s personal archive, a letter from the Titanic and more recently a mummified bird.

Maggie Tohill, Senior Archivist at Worcestershire County Council said, “We are really proud of our awarding winning archives service, and we are thrilled to be marking a such a significant milestone this year.

“So much hard work and dedication has gone into preserving historically important documents and items, over the last 75 years, and I would like to thank all the staff that have had a hand in caring for the past for the benefit of present and future generations.”

The archive service launched in 1947 as a records collection for the documents used by the county council, but also contained more specialist collections and it later expanded to include Diocesan records.

The service is currently based at The Hive and was opened in 2012.

Looking forward the Archives is working to expand the collections to include documents and items from more diverse communities, as well as focusing on archiving digital records so that future generations can access them.

A display celebrating the 75 years of the archive service will be on display on the 2nd floor of The Hive on the 27th of April.

More information on 75 years of the archives, and information on the mummified bird find, can be found on the Explore the Past website.