What’s happening this month at The Hive?

Here is a rundown of this month’s events, including links to book tickets.

Please also be aware if you are organising an event at The Hive between January and April and would like it to go in the What’s On guide the event details need to be with Min Sowden by Monday 21 November at the latest. This earlier lead time is due to the Christmas break. Please email Min with the details at msowden@worcestershire.gov.uk

Tuesday 1 November  First Steps in House History & Family History – one hour introductions to guide you round the most useful local or house history and family history resources held on the Explore the Past floor, and give you some tips on getting started. House History  10 – 11am,  £5.00 Book tickets Family History 11.30am – 12.30pm, £5.00 Book tickets

3 November – 13 December The Hop Project Exhibition – contemporary art exhibition touring Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Birmingham and the Black Country in 2016/17. Funded by Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Programme, the project explores the social and political implications of hop production in the West Midlands. www.thehopproject.co.uk

Saturday 5 November, 11am Tricksters – the University of Worcester presents an original piece of interactive dance and theatre in which all the boys and girls have to find a way to out-trick a trickster and find their way home. Taking inspiration from trickster mythology from around the world the performance explores the hidden world inside these stories.   £1.00 – children must be accompanied by an adult  Book tickets

9 November – 7 December Introduction to Prehistoric Archaeology, 2 – 4pm 5 sessions covering Palaeolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age periods. Starting with a broad overview of world archaeology during the relevant period, then focusing in depth on the archaeology of the British Isles using case studies and artefacts. The sessions will cover themes including domestic life, trade and exchange, cooperation and conflict, technology and material culture, as well as examining that much-maligned and misunderstood term: ‘ritual’.  £45.00 Book a place

11 & 12 November – Armistice Weekend Friday 11 November 9 – 11.30amPeople’s Collection exhibition.  Memorabilia of WW1 from across Worcestershire, items loaned by members of the public. 9.45am – We Did Our Bit – a film of testimony of eleven military veterans of the Second World War who lived in Worcestershire in 2013. Discover the extraordinary activities these elderly citizens undertook while in uniform.    £2.50, all ticket money will be donated to the Royal British Legion. Book tickets 11am – Minute’s Silenceto mark the end of World War One.  Poppies made by children from local schools at The Hive will be dropped into the atrium at 11am.

Saturday 12 November 10am – 4pm – poetry readings, love token making and World War One costumes to try on.

Thursday 17 November, 11am – 12.30pm Online Skills Mini Course – covering how to use the internet for online services such as banking, shopping, Facebook or emailing. Participants should have basic keyboard and mouse skills already. Book Free Place

Thursday 17 November, 6 – 7pm Deborah Moggach – A Life in Writing Best known for having written the novel filmed as ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’, Deborah will be talking about her writing, life and influences. Adults £8.00, Students £4.00  Book tickets

Saturday 19 November, 10am – 5pm Archaeology Day School at the University of Worcester – talks from staff and guests on recent work and discoveries, including: recent finds, Roman & Anglo-Saxons in Kempsey, Neighbourhood Planning, Droitwich High Street and experimental archaeology.  £20.00 Book tickets

Wednesday  23 November, 2 – 3.30pm Behind the Scenes Tour  – come behind the scenes and handle archaeological artefacts, watch our conservator in action and examine documents such as Shakespeare’s marriage bond and a letter written on the Titanic. £6.00 Book tickets

Saturday 26 November, 7pm Author talk by Alex Christofi, based on his first novel Glass – a charming, funny and clever look at life – and death – through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator Günter Glass, ex-milkman and aspiring window-cleaner, struggling to find his way in the world.  Alex Christofi is winner of the 2016 Betty Trask Prize.  £5.00 Book tickets

Thursday 24 November, 12.30 – 3pm Carrot lollies, Balcony pigs and Woolton Pie: talk, taste and tell – a series of activities exploring some of the hopes and fears which surrounded the use of food as a weapon of war in WW2. Includes talks by Dr Lisa Pine (South Bank University) and Elspeth King (University of Worcester), displays of rations, tasting of carrot marmalade, a quiz about what participants would be prepared to eat and a debate about how food plays a central role in conflict. This event is part of the Being Human festival. Admission is free but as places are limited we suggest you reserve a place in advance Reserve a place

Tuesday 29 November, 7.30 – 9.30am  Business Breakfast – Cyber Essentials Certification: the cyber security standard for SMEs is the subject of the discussion. Free breakfast and networking followed by a presentation by Sutcliffe & Co outlining the importance of cyber essentials certification and how to best minimise the risks for your business. Book tickets

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