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.

On-site Services

Explore your past with us at The Hive

Visit us at The Hive and you’ll discover a wealth of archival resources and facilities to assist in your historical research. Under our care, 12 miles of original archives have been collected and preserved. These are made available to our customers under the guidance of friendly, knowledgeable, and experienced staff. All types of archival research on Worcestershire people and places can be undertaken using our collections.


The Hive is open seven days a week from 8:30am to 10pm, during which time visitors can freely access all of our self-service resources, our extensive local studies and archaeology reference library, and our catalogues and indexes. Opening hours for access to the original archive collections can be found on the Hive website.

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Original archive collections

This is the area in which a wide range of original, and unique, archives are studied. Our collections date from the 1100s to present day and relate to every aspect of Worcestershire life. Here you can find the private records of local families and estates, school and hospital records, business records, the collections of Worcestershire County Council, Worcester City Council, and other official archives – including those of the Diocese of Worcester.

These collections are likely to contain historical maps, diaries, accounts, minute books, photographs, and many other items which help to tell the story of Worcestershire’s people, places, and history.

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Self-service archive collections

A number of our archive resources can be explored on a self-service basis. These include microfilm copies of commonly-used resources such as wills, parish records, newspapers, Bishops’ Transcripts, electoral registers – as well as the local studies and archaeology reference library, tithe, and enclosure maps on CD – and much more.

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Computers are available in this area for internet searches, with free access to Ancestry and Find My Past.

For more detailed information on our on-site services, please download our Visitor’s Guide.

Read our policy on access to archives

If you have any questions, just get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.

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