Special events

The Hive offers a varied events programme for everyone to enjoy, from music, drama and art to learning opportunities, workshops, book clubs and lectures.

If you would like to be added to our mailing list to get monthly updates on the forthcoming events at The Hive please email hiveadminteam@worcestershire.gov.uk  

Please note that we do not give refunds on tickets booked in advance.

  • Explore Your Archive campaign English launch - Sat, 24 November

    Join us for a day of free activities to celebrate our local and national heritage by exploring the wonderful stories held in our archives. 

    We have lots planned, including:

    • Free screenings of Worcestershire on Film, showcasing historic footage from the county's fascinating past

    • Explore the Past Saturday Surgery: drop-in advice sessions with our experienced Archive, Historic Environment Record, Archaeology and Conservation staff

    • Exhibitions and displays of original documents

    • Handy tips and a homework guide for parents of children researching local history

    • Book sale, including new and used archive, archaeology and local history stock

    • Bake sale hosted by the Friends of Worcestershire Archives

    We also have an exciting line up of speakers for our series of free talks:

    • 1.00-2.15pm – 'King John and Worcester: Connections and Discoveries' by Professor Nicholas Vincent

    • 2.15-3.00pm – 'Lich Street: Properties, People and Papers' by Dr Pat Hughes

    • 3.00-3.30pm - Original documents display/comfort break

    • 3.30-4.30pm – 'Suspended Sentences: the long and short of a century's executions at Worcester County Gaol' by Bob Blandford (aka Backenforth)

    The day is free to attend and all are welcome. Drop in any time between 10.30 and 1pm on Level 0 to have a look around. Booking is essential if you wish to attend our series of special talks (1.00-4.30pm).

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    Explore Your Archive is a campaign delivered by the Archives and Records Association (UK & Ireland), which aims to open up the incredible archival collections held by organisations – public and private – across the UK and Ireland, whatever their size and scale, and wherever they are.

  • Commemorative Knitted Poppy Display - Fri, 09 November Sat, 24 November 2018

    From Friday 9 November The Hive is commemorating the centenary of World War One with a display of over 8,300 handmade poppies crafted by the local community and Friends of The Hive from around the world.

    The poppies represent the servicemen, women and animals who gave their lives for our freedom.

    We are extremely thankful to everyone their support in helping bring this community project together and we were touched by the messages that accompanied many of the crafted poppies we received.

    We have brought these together in a book, please come and add your own message. 

  • Parenting Under 5 Year Olds in Military Families: Risk and Resilience - Wed, 21 November

    This is a free event at The Hive on Wednesday 21 November, 5 to 6pm

    Professor Mary Nolan and Dr Gabriela Misca present a lecture on parenting in military families.

    Military life is often characterised by long and unpredictable duty hours, relatively low pay for lower ranks, frequent family separations and relocations. In 2011, an Ofsted survey identified that military families face challenges that go beyond the experience of the majority of families and children living in the UK. There is an urgent need to gain a better understanding of these challenges, of their impact on parenting, and of strategies to support military mothers and fathers who have young children. In the last decade, research into the impact on children of belonging to a military family has expanded in the United States as the major deployment operations in Iraq and in Afghanistan have led to a surge of concern for the health and wellbeing of the thousands of military families caught up in the conflicts. Nonetheless, relatively little of this research activity has focused on pre-school children and in the British military context, there is almost no research into military families.

    This presentation will draw on early research that captures the complexity of parents’ and young children’s experience of being part of a military family. Risk factors in military families include family disruption owing to the cycle of deployment; poor mental health of the caregiving parent during the absence of the serving parent; PTSD and depression on the part of the serving parent post-deployment; as well as changing dynamics between the child’s parents as they renegotiate roles across the deployment cycle, and manage conflict as the family reorganises itself.

    Professor Mary Nolan brings the perspective of her work in the very early years to the lecture, and Dr. Gabriela Misca her long engagement with research into military life and military families. They will outline the challenges of the different phases of the deployment cycle, discuss what parents themselves have said about their coping strategies, and consider possible interventions to support these families.

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  • Christmas Lantern Parade - Thu, 06 December

    Thursday 6 December, 6pm

    The eagerly anticipated Christmas Lantern Parade is sure to get you in the Christmas spirit. Starting at Cathedral Square at 6pm, the parade will make its way to The Hive spreading Christmas cheer along the way. Bring your own lanterns that you made at our Lantern Making Workshops and add your light and help illuminate Worcester City centre. To welcome you back to The Hive there will be a performance from the fantastic Rock Choir.