Worcestershire Archives and Libraries

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Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service[edit | edit source]

Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service
The Hive
Sawmill Walk
The Butts
Worcester, Worcestershire WR1 3PD UK
Telephone: 01905 822866
Email: hiveadminteam@worcestershire.gov.uk
Website: Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service

Come to Explore the Past at The Hive and touch history on our multi-touch table which showcases the resources we have for you to research and enjoy in the building and which highlights heritage sites throughout Worcestershire. The Hive was the first library in Europe to house both a university book collection and a public lending library replacing the City of Worcester library in The Tything and the University of Worcester's Peirson library.
The library houses over a quarter of a million books including substantial children's & academic libraries, whilst the secure archive provides storage to over 12 miles (19 km) of archive collections including William Shakespeare’s marriage bond to Anne Hathaway and more than 45,000 records of historic monuments and buildings. The Hive is also home to Worcestershire County Council customer services "Worcestershire Hub"; a business centre; café; and, meeting facilities. There are a total of 350 computers distributed around the building, for joint use by members of the public and the university's students. Public use WiFi connectivity is also provided.

Dudley Libraries Archives and Local History Service[edit | edit source]

Dudley Libraries Archives and Local History Service
Tipton Rd.
Dudley, West Midlands DY1 4SQ UK
Telephone: 01384 812770
Email: archives.centre@dudley.gov.uk
Website: Dudley Libraries Archives and Local History Service

Dudley Archives and Local History Service collects, preserves and makes available archive and local studies material relating to the Dudley borough to help the community understand the past, live the present and shape the future. The Archives and Local History Service looks after a wonderful collection that is housed in the purpose built Archives and Local History Centre in Dudley and includes records dating back to the 12th century. Whether you’re interested in family history, house history or any other aspect of life and work in the Dudley borough, past and present, the Archives is a great place to start.

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Worcester Library[edit | edit source]

Worcester Library
County Hall
Spetchley Road
Worcester, Worcestershire WR5 2NP UK
Telephone: 1905 822722
Website: Worcestershire Libraries and Learning Service

Museums[edit | edit source]

Museums Worcestershire[edit | edit source]

Worcestershire County Museum at Hartlebury Castle[edit | edit source]

Worcestershire County Museum at Hartlebury Castle
Hartlebury Castle
Hartlebury, Worcestershire DY11 7XZ UK
Telephone: 01299 250416
Email: museum@worcestershire.gov.uk
Website: Worcestershire County Museum at Hartlebury Castle

The County Museum, housed in the former home of the Bishops of Worcester, is a fascinating place to explore. In the museum galleries you can discover social history, toys through time, travel & transport and the intriguing story of Worcestershire's past. Visitors can also see room sets such as the schoolroom and scullery, which are regularly brought to life by visiting schoolchildren and period rooms that focus on the Victorian and Civil War eras.
Within the grounds of the Museum you can visit the Cider Mill and the Transport Gallery which houses a fascinating array of vehicles including a fire engine, hansom cab, bicycles, carts and a large collection of beautifully decorated Gypsy caravans.

Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum[edit | edit source]

Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum
Foregate Street
Worcester, Worcestershire WR1 1DT UK
Telephone: 01905 25371
Email: gallerymuseum@worcestershire.gov.uk
Website: Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum

Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum is housed in an elegant Victorian building in the heart of Worcester. The beautiful interior is a warm and friendly place, with something for all the family to enjoy. Immerse yourself in the special exhibitions, events and activities throughout the year. The museum gallery has lots of amazing things to see including dinosaur footprints, Worcestershire Sauce archive and many more interesting objects from a real Roman mosaic to a Native American totem pole.

The Commandery[edit | edit source]

The Commandery
Worcester, Worcestershire WR1 2HU UK
Telephone: 01905 361821
Email: commandery@worcestershire.gov.uk
Website: The Commandery

The Commandery's civil war past is a story unlike any other; it is the very site of the Royalist headquarters during the decisive Battle of Worcester, the final battle of the English Civil War in 1651.

For a long list of Worcestershire museums, go to List of museums in Worcestershire in Wikipedia.