Research collections

Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service holds a wide variety of original, microform and electronic sources which can be used for family, local history or academic research.

Here is a list of some of the collections available for research:

  • Local studies and archaeology library, including journals, trade and clerical directories
  • Photographs, including Worcestershire Photographic Survey and an Aerial photographic collection, most of which are now available digitally
  • Maps and plans, including historic Ordnance Survey, tithe and inclosure plans (including some Digital, searchable versions) and estate plans. Many of these are available not only in original copies but in a variety of digital formats for map comparison purposes
  • The Historic Environment Record – a searchable database with digital mapping of all known archaeological sites, historic buildings and landscapes in the county supported by paper and digital sources 
  • Records of local families, groups, societies and businesses, including the archive of the Earls of Coventry of Croome
  • Quarter Sessions and County and District Council records including The Worcester City Archive   
  • Sources for researching life stories and social history, for example Census returns, International Genealogical Index, General Register Office Index of Births, Marriages and Deaths , Local newspapers, Wills and other probate records
  • Records of the Diocese of Worcester as well as Church of England parishes and Non-conformist records