Bid farewell to County Hall's Record Office branch

Bid farewell to County Hall's Record Office branch

Shakespeare's marriage bond and a letter sent from the doomed Titanic will take centre stage at an open day to say farewell to County Hall's Record Office branch

The service will be transferred from its current base in Spetchley Road to the Hive, when the multi-million centre opens in the summer. There the Record Office will join forces with the County Council's history and archaeological service to form an exciting and innovative History at The Hive offer.

The doors will close for good on the County Hall Record Office on November 14th, but not before residents have been given the chance to visit and explore some of the most interesting and significant items the site houses.

As well as the marriage bond and Titanic letter, the oldest document held at the Record Office will be on display along with other items which provide a glimpse into the history of the county.

The doors open at 10am and close, for good, at 4.30pm. Residents can drop in at any time during the day and there is no need to book or reserve a place.

Cllr John Campion, Worcestershire County Council's Cabinet Member for Localism and Communities, said: "The move to the Hive is really exciting and will allow us to store all our items under the same gold cladded roof. I am sure the open day at the County Hall Record Office branch will be a suitable farewell to a service which is only going to flourish and develop due to its new chapter in the Hive."

In the period between the Record Office closure and the Hive's opening, staff at the Record Office have developed a new online catalogue allowing history enthusiasts the chance to explore local history from the comfort of their PC. They can also order copies of documents and have them delivered direct in the normal way.

A blog is being developed which will also keep residents updated on the move. Visit to access it.


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