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Hansard, the daily written record of all that is said in the Houses of Parliament:

The London Gazette includes lists of all appointments to public and legal office, awards and honours.  It has been digitised and can be searched online.


  • Local papers (including Worcester News and Berrows Journal etc) available on microfilm in the Hive
  • British Newspaper Archive (has a paywall ££)

A large number of Worcestershire newspapers for this period are available on microfilm on Level 1 in the Hive.  You can access the microfilm at any time during normal opening hours and are not restricted to their use during the archive searchroom hours.

Microform copies of Evesham Journal are only available at Evesham Library.

You can access a range of online reference resources via the Worcestershire Libraries e-resources page including

To access both of these databases using your Worcestershire Libraries card, type in WOR then your library number (no spaces).


A lot of really useful local histories and reference books can be found on the Local Studies shelves on Level 1 of the Hive in Worcester.  Your local library is also likely to have a small amount of local reference works, or can arrange to get books on inter-library loan.

Historic maps: Building Stones (free to use) or Digimap (need university login)
Published histories of parishes, schools, institutions and organisations
Autobiographies, biographies and reminiscences
Parish magazines, institutional newsletters, special interest magazines
Published genealogies like Who was Who, Debretts or Burke’s Peerage
Town guides or almanacs
Commercial directories like Kelly Commercial Directories list commercial and domestic residents, county officials including JPs and magistrates, and communications links. Copies of the Worcestershire directories are available on level 1 in the Hive.



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