The Hive

The Hive
Sawmill Walk
The Butts




01905 822 866

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The Hive has been 10 years in the making and came about due to the vision and commitment of two key partners; the University of Worcester and Worcestershire County Council.

The ambition of creating a joint library, the first of its kind, was rooted in the following core values that still form the backbone of what The Hive is today:

Enduring Values

"We always had the big idea – we were always talking about the learning experience and delivering something that had not been seen before. There is an aspiration that members of the public will be working alongside university students."
Kathy Kirk Worcestershire County Council’s Strategic Libraries and Learning Manager

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Opening hours

The Hive is open 8.30am-10pm every day, Monday-Sunday inclusive.
The Worcestershire Hub within The Hive is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

Admission charges


Key artists and exhibits

  • Vesta Tilley (1864-1952), the musical hall actress
  • Edward Francis Burney (1760-1848)
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Worcestershire World War 100

Outbreak of War

  • 1 July — 30 September 2014 *on now

A selection of photographs and documents from the archives, showing scenes at Home and at the Front, housed in display cases throughout The Hive.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Festival of Archaeology 2014: Meet the archaeologist

  • 24 July 2014

What does an Archaeologist do? Is it like the programmes you've seen on TV?
As part of the Festival of Archaeology, Rob Hedge will be talking about the life and role of an archaeologist, from day-to-day digging to investigating some amazing sites as a digger for Channel 4's Time Team.
He will explore the behind-the-scenes work that helps to tell the story, from how we can tell so much from tiny pieces of pottery, to what happens to the sites and the finds once the digging is completed. In addition to his work for Time Team, he will also discuss his current work for Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology Service, as a CBA Bursary holder working on community archaeology projects.


Please check all Festival of Archaeology 2014 event dates, times, booking and admission charges before visiting.