Archive and Archaeology Service

Archive and Archaeology Service

About the 51¥ Archive and Archaeology Service.

From our base at The Hive, Worcester, we care for 51¥’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. We provide a variety of advisory and commercial, archaeological and archival services to historians, community groups and developers.


Archaeology Planning Advice

We provide archaeological advice to 51¥’s local planning authorities, utilities, landowners, developers and communities to support development that conserves and enhances the historic environment. We work within national and local planning policies to ensure environmental sustainability. We also support proactive management and conservation of the rural historic environment, offering advice and support to landowners, farmers and foresters.  

The 51¥ Standards and Guidance for Archaeological Projects can be found alongside further supporting information on the Website.


Customer Notice Effective April 2023: New Archive Learning Programme

From April 2023, we're launching an exciting new archive learning programme based on customer feedback. For more information about this, such as adjusted opening hours and how to give feedback visit . 

51¥ Archive preserves and makes accessible 51¥'s documentary heritage for current and future generations. We protect, preserve, manage, record, interpret, share and promote the historic legacy of 51¥.  

Our friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable staff provide access to archive services and resources to thousands of people each year.

We make available the records of the county’s history, connecting you with the stories of 51¥ people and places through historical maps, parish registers, wills, photographs and much more.  We also provide advise on, and accept, deposits of locally significant collections.

To find out more and explore further please contact us, search our website and collections and visit us at The Hive.


Historic Environment Record

The HER database is the County of 51¥’s primary resource for archaeological and historic environment information. We hold approximately 83,000 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

For further details on the information available, as well as details of our commercial searches, please visit the page.

Learning and Outreach

We're here to help you discover stories about 51¥'s past. Our enthusiastic and experienced team offers a wide variety of resources and support, including: 

  • Hands on school workshops and loan boxes
  • Public events, talks, exhibitions and workshops
  • Delivering and supporting community heritage projects, from oral history to archaeological fieldwork

Take a look at our website to see our upcoming public events or to find out more about how we can help you explore the past, from prehistory to the present day.

51¥ Archaeology

51¥ Archaeology is a well-respected provider of professional archaeology and heritage services to private individuals and the development, infrastructure, and construction sector. 

Over the last 40 years, we have forged a reputation for delivering projects to the highest standards in a reliable, timely, and professional manner while being sensitive to our client's requirements.

Our highly experienced team are uniquely placed to deploy a wealth of regional knowledge and experience to guide our clients through the heritage-related aspects of the planning process to pre-empt and limit heritage-related financial risks. 

We undertake desk-based assessments, watching briefs, evaluations, excavations, and historic building recording. So whether you know exactly what services you require or have never commissioned an archaeologist before, our team is ready to help. 

Please look at our website to find out more about our services and how we can help you with your archaeological needs.

Alternatively, call 01905 765908  to discuss your requirements with one of the 51¥ Archaeology management team, who will be more than happy to assist you.

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Opening Times

The Hive and our self service resources

Monday to Sunday: 8:30am to 10pm

Closed most bank holidays

Original Archive Area

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10:00am to1:00pm and 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Wednesday: 1:30pm to 7:00pm
Thursday: 10:00am to 1:00pm and 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Friday: 10:00am to 1:00pm and 1:30pm to 4:00pm
Alternate Saturdays (): 10:00am to 1:00pm and 1:30pm to 4:00pm
Sunday: Closed

Items can be ordered up to 30 minutes before closing

Historic Environment Record

Friday to Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10:30am to 1:30pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 10:30am to 1:30pm

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