A FAMILY archive which includes the first history of Worcestershire has come into the care of the county council.

Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service (WAAS) has been awarded a grant by the National Archives to catalogue a collection of the Lyttelton Family archives.

Among the collection is the manuscript of the first county history of Worcestershire written by Thomas Habington in the early 1600s.

Adrian Gregson, archival policy and collection manager, said: “The award by the National Archives demonstrates their faith in the new Archive and Archaeology Service at the Hive and the significance of this collection.”

The council will appoint a new archivist as a result of the grant.