The Original Archives & Historic Environment Record desks are closed until further notice due to the current public health situation. The Hive and our Self Service area are currently open but may close at short notice. Please check before travelling.

Opening hours are being reviewed on a daily basis, in light of staff shortages and government announcements and we will post updates through our media channels.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by these changes and appreciate your understanding at this time.

Our services

Archives and Archaeology in Worcestershire

Explore the Past is Worcestershire County Council’s Archive and Archaeology Service. From our base at The Hive, Worcester, we care for Worcestershire’s past for the benefit of present and future generations. Our friendly, professional Archive and Archaeology staff can give advice on anything from archival research to historical artefacts, and we provide a variety of archaeological and archival services to historians, community groups and developers.

Discover our services below and see how we can help you explore the past.

Concrete and Gold

Archives and archaeology inspire Art!

‘Concrete and Gold’ is a poem written and performed by CJ, Worcestershire’s Young Poet Laureate 2018, for Explore the Past.

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