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Archives and Local History Service

Archives and Local History Centre

Dudley Archives and Local History Service collects, preserves and makes available archive and local studies material relating to the Dudley borough to help the community understand the past, live the present and shape the future.”

The Archives and Local History Service looks after a wonderful collection that is housed in the purpose built Archives and Local History Centre in Dudley and includes records dating back to the 12th century.

Whether you’re interested in family history, house history or any other aspect of life and work in the Dudley borough, past and present, the Archives is a great place to start.

The online catalogue allows you to search for information about the archives and local history collections held at the Dudley Archives and Local History Centre. The collections cover centuries of local history, with the oldest item dating from 1182

See Using the Archives for location and opening times.


We hold original archive material including business ledgers, local authority correspondence and minutes, maps and school records. We have over 15,000 books and pamphlets and around 26,000 images relating to the borough.

Help and support is always available from our staff and volunteers and our research guides and courses can get you started on your research project.

Access to the archives is free but there are charges to some of our services. For more information please go to the links to the left.

You can also access a range of online resources such as Ancestry.com (on Library or Archives public access computers),  and The British Newspapers Archive