Worcestershire Record Office

Worcestershire Record Office has merged with Worcestershire Archaeology Service to become Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service.  The Office is located in The Hive, which is situated in Worcester city centre.  Approximately 12 miles of archives are collected and preserved by the Archive.

Thousands of historic buildings, landscapes and archaeological sites are also recorded and made available to the public under the direction of their friendly and knowledgeable staff.  These resources include photographs, maps and plans, local family records, journals and trade directories.  

Whatever your research interest, whether you are tracing your family history, want to learn more about the history of a house or your local area, you will find the documents held of use.

Information about Worcestershire Record Office


Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service
The Hive

Sawmill Walk
The Butts

Telephone Number:

01905 822866 



For information regarding their collections, please visit their Home Page.  An on-line catalogue is accessible which contains details about their collections, but this is not yet complete.

Their on-line indexes include:

  • Absent Voters Index
  • Apprentices Indentures
  • Bishops Transcripts index
  • Calendar of Prisoners 1839-1849
  • Census Street Index 1871
  • Divorce records
  • Greenbank Wills

Indexes also include:

  • Marriage Bonds and Allegations
  • Marriage Licences 1853-1916
  • Newspapers on microfilm
  • Powick Hospital admissions registers 1854-1906
  • Quarter Sessions
  • Trade Directories
  • Worcester City Planning Applications 1865-1901

Sources held at the Archives include: 

  • Bishop's Transcripts
  • Cemetery Records
  • Electoral Registers
  • Maps
  • Newspapers
  • Parish Registers
  • Photographs
  • Quarter Sessions

They also have individual databaseswhich include Worcestershire ceramics, photographs, maps, school records and tithe and inclosure maps.  An interactive map of Worcester is also available.

Opening Hours can be found by going to their opening hours and travel information page.  

A number of car parks are near to The Hive, one of these being the multi-story car park at Crowngate.

It is possible to use a digital or mobile phone camera, but a charge is made for using this service. Some documents are not able to be photographed because they are fragile and easily damaged.

There is a cafe at The Hive, but visitors are also welcome to being their own food, although no hot food is allowed and you have to keep lids on hot drinks. Vending Machines are available on Level 0, which dispense hot and cold drinks as well as snacks.

If you are unable to visit in person, a Research Service is available. For more information about this service, please visit their enquiry and research service page.

The Archive is a member of the CARN (County Archive Research Network)

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