The golden heart of education and learning in Worcester.
The Hive is home to combined libraries of the Worcester City Council and the Worcester University and was opened by Queen Elizabeth in July 2012. It currently has over a quarter of a million books ranging from children’s favourites to complex scientific texts. There is a wonderful collection of historic documents including William Shakespeare’s marriage bond to Anne Hathaway and the Commission of Array for Worcester City date the 14th September 1642 and signed personally by King Charles I.
The Hive also serves as a centre for the people of Worcester and features business facilities, conference rooms, training areas and a large café that overlooks the River Severn. The Hive stages as range of activities including music and drama workshops, art studies, specialist lectures, book clubs, film reviews, and adult learning programmes. It is also the base for the County Archive and Worcestershire Archaeology Service as well as the Worcestershire Record Office. Overall, it comprises 10,000m of public space over five floors.
Visitors can also see the partially excavated ruins of a Roman Brewery that was discovered while the building was being constructed. It even has specially designed turret areas to house colonies of bats.
ADDRESS & CONTACT
The Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester, Worcestershire, United Kingdom – WR1 3PD UK
Sat Nav Postcode: WR1 3PD UK
Sat Nav Postcode Parking: B61OUE