It's the golden building in Worcester we all know and love.
But how many of us really know the history behind The Hive - Britain's first joint university and public library.
It is built in an area called the Butts, a place just outside Worcester's city walls, which has changed massively over the centuries.
From a bustling Roman town to a noisy, smelly cattle market – delving into the history books certainly throws up some interesting highlights about the area's past.
Let's rewind all the way back to the second century. The Hive was of course nowhere to be seen. Instead, it was a busy Roman town.
The streets would have been jammed packed with traders and sellers, with everyone trying to negotiate the best deal in amongst all the hustle and bustle. It probably looked a lot like market day on a Saturday nowadays!
The name 'the Butts' first appears in records dating back to 1545. The word 'butts' can either refer to a small strip of land or to archery targets, which were set up there for men to practice their archery skills so most likely it is named after those.
By the 1700s, the Butts was transformed into a place of home and leisure by the Smith family who built a gentleman's house, named Netherton
Years later it was turned into a school for 'young men' and paintings from that time show well-dressed chaps relaxing in its grounds.
In 1838 a cattle market opened, attracting trade from all over the county. The market was a noisy and smelly part of the city for 160 years before it moved across the river in 1983 and to the outskirts of town in 2001.
The golden cloaked Hive building then appeared four years ago and as history has proven, it's just the latest chapter in the thriving history of the Butts.
Fascinating Facts About The Hive:
- It is covered in 16,000 gold-coloured tiles which cover an area of 5,250sqm.
- It opened in 2012.
- The building houses 12 miles of archive collections – the same distance by road from Worcester to Stourport.
- It contains a quarter of a million books over five floors. The huge £189million Library of Birmingham contains around one million books.
- More than one million books were issued in the building's first year of opening alone.