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.


Explore the past with our Historic Environment Record

There are a number of ways to access information about the Historic Environment Record, both online and on-site at The Hive. If you have any questions or queries about our archaeological resources, or the information within them, please contact us for advice.

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Historic Environment Record (HER)

The HER database is the County of Worcestershire’s primary resource for archaeological and historic environment information. We hold approximately 82,000 records including archaeological sites, historic buildings, monuments, and landscape features. The HER can help you to research:

  • Your area, whether that’s a village, a particular building, or parish
  • A particular period of interest, including Roman, Medieval, and World War II
  • Industries such as lime kilns, carpet factories, and needle manufacturing
  • Historic artefacts, such as coins, pottery, plant, and animal remains

Parts of the HER database are available to search online through the Heritage Gateway. To access the full database visit us at The Hive, or contact us for information.

Make a request

To submit a commercial search request please check our list of fees and charges and contact us.

Make a commercial request

Ceramics Database

Our ceramics database was designed to make the complete pottery fabric and form type series for Worcestershire accessible online. The database is aimed at ceramic specialists and students, but can be used by anyone interested in the study of pottery, as it includes both simple and advanced search facilities.

It contains information on all pottery used and made in Worcestershire from the Neolithic to the early post-medieval period, as well as the most commonly identified later post-medieval and modern fabrics and forms. Also included are high-resolution fabric images and concordance information for other type series in surrounding counties.

Search the database

“Thank you so much for all your hard work and diligence in creating this [ceramics] database! The design is excellent and I believe that this sets the standard for searchable online data banks” (blog)

Online Archaeology Library

We hold a very extensive collection of local history and archaeology reference books on site at The Hive, all of which are listed on the Worcestershire Library Catalogue. The Online Archaeology Library provides access to reports for Worcestershire and from sites within the boundary of Worcester City (which is curated by Worcester City Council.)

Not all reports we produce are available online due to:

  • Copyright restrictions
  • Request of copyright holder
  • Inclusion of confidential or commercially sensitive information

These reports are listed on the library and can be accessed at The Hive or Worcester City Archaeology.

By using the resources you are agreeing to abide by the terms of the Copyright and Liability Statement and the Online Library Access Agreement.

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Tithe and Inclosure Maps

Many of these 18th and 19th-century maps of Worcestershire and their associated documents have been digitised. Together with the other records within the HER, these form part of a powerful, searchable research tool.

Download our Worcestershire maps guide

We rely on external funding to undertake this work, and new maps are being added as they are completed.  If you belong to a local history, archaeology or community group we may be able to assist your organisation to apply for a grant to allow this work to continue as part of a group/community project. We have already worked Badsey and Aldington, Stourport  and Hanley Castle on mapping projects and the results are available on their websites.

Download the Hanley Castle guide

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