Worcestershire Record Office

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Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service holds all archives for the county of Worcestershire.

Authority Worcestershire County Council
Location The Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester WR1 3PB. See map
Website [1]
Membership/ID CARN ticket
Photocopy policy 40p per A4 sheet, 50p per A3 sheet
Camera policy Permissive, form to be completed. £4.50 per day, £16 for 5 days within a 3 month period.


What is held here

Items created by or regarding the County of Worcestershire.

How to use it

Worcestershire Archives moved in 2012 to purpose built facilities called The Hive which also houses the city's main library. The archives operates via the CARN ticket system and you need to sign in before being allowed in the archive area. Finding records is made via paper catalogues and entering the relevant information onto document request slips. There are no facilities to find records using a PC within the archive area. Documents are produced on demand and arrive fairly quickly if staff aren't too busy. Staff are picky about copyright and will often refuse to let you take photographs if they aren't 100% sure of the copyright status. A letter from the copyright holder allowing you to take copies will make things easier.

Some less requested documents are stored off-site by Gloucestershire County Council, and at least two weeks notice is needed to request these items.

Items found here

  • Records regarding M42, M5 and M50 through the county.
  • Large scale map showing partial route of Strensham - Solihull Motorway
  • Some items related to Northern and Western Motorway
  • Redditch New Town items