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    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

    • 5th December 2012

    Things are starting to get festive at The Hive in preparation for the rapidly approaching holiday season and our staff are entering into the spirit The main atrium now features a whopping 16ft Christmas tree to greet you as you enter:

    The Hive Christmas tree

    Are you struggling for original gift ideas? The Explore the Past desk features a cabinet full of Christmas presents inspired by the past, including reproduction pottery; reproduction jewellery; books; CDs and the Worcestershire on Film DVD. Why not pop along to have a look at the selection on offer when you next visit The Hive?

    Original gift ideas on sale at the Explore the Past desk

    We have a number of original archives on display in the cabinets on level 2, which give you a glimpse into Christmas from centuries past. Come and take a look to see an example of a 19th century Christmas card; newspaper illustrations; a recipe for ‘Minced Pyes’ dating from 1790 and a rather sombre poem written at Christmas ‘to gladden the hearts of the Workhouse children’. If you are unable to visit us you can see more of these documents by heading over to our website.

    Images taken from the London Illustrated News (1874-1881)

    Documents on display at The Hive

    So, have you all started preparing for Christmas already? We hope you’ll pop along soon to see us during your Christmas break.

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