Explore the past

  • First Steps in House History

    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 £5 per person.

    10am Thursday 11 January, 1 February, 1 March and 5 April.

    £6 per person 

  • First Steps in Family History

    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. 

    11.30am, Thursday 11 Jan, 1 Feb, 1 March and 5 April.

    £6.00 per person

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  • Starting Family History - Thu, 08 February

    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 and the main sources you will need, including census, civil registration records, parish registers and wills. Parts 2 & 3 15th and 22nd February

    Thursday 8 February - 2pm to 4pm

    £20 per person

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  • Civil War - WAAS Behind the Scenes Tour - Sat, 24 February

    Come with us behind the scenes to find out about the Civil War in Worcestershire through the documents, books and archaeological finds. Part of the Love Worcester Heritage Festival.

    Saturday 24 February, 2pm to 3.30pm

    £6 per person

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  • Explore House History - Tue, 27 February

    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 the resources we hold which could help you discover more about it's past, using a couple of buildings as examples.

    Tuesday 27 February, 10am to 1pm.

    £15 per person

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  • Exploring Ancestry.co.uk - Tue, 20 March

    This website has over 16 billion names. We'll look at what the most useful sources are on Ancestry, what has been added in recent years, and key tips on what you want and avoid being overwhelmed. Attendees should comfortable using a computer.

    Tuesday 20 March, 10am to 12pm

    £6 per person

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  • Explore Maps - Sat, 24 March

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

    Saturday 24 March, 10am to 3pm

    £18 per person

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  • Exploring Find My Past - Thu, 29 March

    Discover more about this useful website with over 4 billion British names. You can access it for free in The Hive and we will help you make the most of it. Attendees should be familiar with using computers.

    Thursday 29 March 10am to 12pm  

    £6 per person

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  • Explore Archives - Parish Records - Tue, 18 April

    For hundreds of years the parish was a key part of the life in the county, overseeing poor law, charities, roads and other local matters as well as baptising, marrying and burying people. Parish records contain a wealth of information about people, as well as some amazing stories. Find out what they contain and how to search these to uncover your ancestors or details about local history.

    Tuesday 18 April, 2pm to 4.30pm

    £8 per person

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  • Explore Archives - Quarter Sessions - Wed, 20 June

    A combination of a court and a forerunner of the County Council, these records contain many fascinating stories about Worcestershire people (such as duck and acorn thieves) but are often underused.

    Wednesday 20 June 2 to 4pm.

    £6 per person

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