Back to news listings

The Hive - meet the people - Claire

With the opening of Worcestershire's latest iconic landmark just a matter of days away, all this week we'll be introducing you to some of soon-to-be familiar faces under its gold cladded roof.

Around 150 members of staff will soon call The Hive their place of work. Among them is Claire Haslam, User Service Archivist within the Archive and Archaeology Service. Located on level 2, named "Explore the Past" Worcestershire's brand new Archive and Archaeology service will bring together the former Record Office, History Centre and Historic Environment and Archaeology Service. Claire explained "The archive service joining with archaeology in The Hive means that we can offer the users of both services a richer and more rounded experience, offering more potential discoveries and information all under one roof."

Claire is looking forward to opening and being able to share this new and exciting environment with their users. She said "There are areas for researching original documents, archaeology material held within The Historic Environment Record and an excellent local studies archaeology library." Claire will be on hand to provide information and guidance to visitors using the service to develop their particular area of interest whether it is family history, the history of a particular house or area, academic research or areas of social history such as crime rates, local trades or even the trends of children's names. "One of the best parts of the job is you never know what each day will bring or what you may discover."

The Archive and Archaeology service covers thousands of years of the history of Worcestershire and its inhabitants. Claire said "We have had a rare opportunity to take a step back, when planning this move, to assess our service and consider how we can improve and develop it. I am very eager to see how people respond and to welcome back our regular users as well as meeting many new ones."

Opening on July 2, The Hive is a partnership between the University of Worcester and Worcestershire County Council. Home to the first joint public and university library in Europe, one of the biggest children's libraries in the UK, the county's Archive and Archaeology service, the Worcestershire Hub customer contact centre, a contemporary business centre and café.