An unprecedented number of new archives have been built in the last few years, creating inspiring workspaces. Most recently, Herefordshire Archive and Records Centre won the West Midlands RIBA award thanks to its Passivhaus design ( www.herefordshire.gov.uk/ archives). Since the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (pictured) scooped a RIBA award in 2012, the south of England has also reaped the benefits of investment in infrastructure with the opening of Kent History and Library Centre, Somerset Heritage Centre and The Keep in Brighton. At the glistening golden Hive in Worcester, you can explore the county’s history back to the Ice Age using the latest technologies. It brings the county’s library service, archaeology department and Historic Environment Record together under one roof ( www.worcestershire.gov.uk/info/20019/ archives_and_research).