Explore the past

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

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

  • First Steps in House History

    Thursdays, 7 November and 5 December, 10am to 11am.

    These 1 hour introductions will guide you round the most useful local or house history resources we hold on the Explore the Past floor and give you some tips on getting started. The sessions take up to 5 people and are £6 per person.

    £6 per person 

  • First Steps in Family History

    Thursdays, 19 September, 3 October, 7 November and 5 December, 11.30am to 12.30pm.

    These 1 hour introductions will guide you round the most useful family history resources we hold on the Explore the Past floor and give you some tips on getting started. The sessions take up to 5 people. 

    £6 per person

    Book tickets


  • Starting Family History - Thu, 10 October Thu, 24 October 2019

    Thursday 10, 17 and 24 October, 2pm - 4pm

    Want to know how to begin tracing your ancestors and building your family tree? This three-part workshop will explain how to get started, key tips, the main sources you will need, and a chance to put it into practice and have a go online during the sessions.

    £20 per person

    Book ticket

  • Explore House History - Wed, 23 October

    Wednesday 23 October, 10am - 1pm 

    Are you interested in discovering more about the house you live in, or another historic building? Book onto this 3 hour workshop to find out about the resources we hold that can help you discover more about a building's past.

    £16 per person

    Book ticket

  • Worcestershire Archaeology Day 2019 - Sat, 26 October

    Saturday 26 October, 10am - 5pm 

    Our annual day of talks all about archaeological projects and research in Worcestershire.

    £20 per person

    Book ticket

  • Explore Maps - Mon, 04 November

    Monday 4 November, 10am - 3pm 

    It is said that all good adventures begin with a map! Join us for a workshop on maps, find out about the different types we hold, the information they reveal and how to search for and use them here in The Hive.

    £20 per person

    Book ticket




  • Hive Archaeology Tour - Wed, 06 November

    Wednesday 6 November, 2pm

    Come on this tour in and around The Hive to discover how the site has changed over time, from a Roman street to Civil War defences and Victorian cattle market. See finds from the excavation and explore the history features hidden within the building's design.

    £6 per person

    Book ticket

  • Introduction to Reading Latin in Documents - Mon, 18 November

    Monday 18 November, 10am - 1pm

    A workshop for those beginning to read Latin documents for their research. It’s led by one of our archivists using the more common manorial court records.

    As well as looking at some of the background to the records and the use of Latin, the workshop will also give participants the chance to have a go at translating some typical manorial court records.

    The session will focus on reading the documents rather than teaching Latin, so participants should already have some basic Latin knowledge.

    £15 per person

    Book ticket

  • Behind the Scenes tour - Civil War Worcestershire - Fri, 22 November

    Friday 22 November, 10:30am - 12pm 

    Come with us behind the scenes to see parts of The Hive you don't normally get to see, as well as seeing documents and archaeological finds from our collection. all about the Civil War.

    £6 per person

    Book ticket

  • Document Conservation Workshop - Sat, 23 November

    Saturday 23 November, 10am - 1pm

    A practical introduction with our conservator on how to clean and store your own documents to ensure they last as long as possible. Bring along papers from your own collection and under supervision and with supplied materials start cleaning and caring for the documents.

    £40 per person

    Book ticket