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Exhibitions and projects

Exhibitions

The archives has a permanent exhibition space which is located within the foyer area of the centre. Here there is a rolling programme of fascinating historic exhibitions related to Dudley borough. All exhibitions are free of charge.

Virtual Mirrors June 2017 - August 2017

Local artist Aimee Millward creates archives inspired art using old maps. A selection of these artworks and old maps are presented together and complimented by a number of old photographs.  

Sand, science and scribes: records of the glass industry - August 2017 - November 2017

A selection of records including recipe books, minutes and correspondence which shed light on the scale of the industry whilst pattern books will demonstrate the beauty of the end results. 

Projects

Collections Weeks

From 1st September 2010, Dudley Archives and Local History Service began operating new opening hours in a bid to improve the overall effectiveness of the service. To bring you news of what we are doing, we will be providing monthly updates on our Collections Week activities.

For the last full week of every month the service will be working behind the scenes to improve access to our collections. We will be focusing on two main considerations:

Preservation

We are working on a scheme of cleaning and repackaging our collections, paying particular attention to the more vulnerable items that we hold. During Collections Week we are able to process a great number of records, preserving them and their contents for future generations.

Access

Cataloguing is a major focus of Collections Week for both archives and local studies. There is the opportunity for us to address our cataloguing backlogs, opening up new collections, improving access to existing catalogues and expanding the availability of our local studies material.

Of course these activities are not conducted in isolation as they are dependant on each other: we need to preserve our records to make them accessible to you. By cleaning and repackaging our vulnerable records, we are better able to identify them, which aides the process of cataloguing. Similarly, we are able to clean and repackage those collections that we are cataloguing.

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Montage picture off the Web Oral History leaflet

Dudley Web: Past and Present

Thanks to a £37,000 grant from the Learning Revolution Transformation Fund, Dudley Archives and Local History Service is carrying out a new oral history project called Dudley web: past and present.

The project celebrates our heritage and local culture by capturing the living memories of the borough for future generations. We are recording the experiences of local businessmen, talking about their career highlights, what led them into their chosen field, and the legacies which their companies left for the borough's local industry.

If you would like to share your memories or volunteer to help with this venture please get in touch - 01384 812770.

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Stewarts and Lloyds Ltd., Coombs Wood Works, Halesowen, c.1900

Documenting the Workshop of the World

Archivists across the Black Country celebrated an award of over £400,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to open up access to the rich archive collections in their care.

The ‘Documenting the Workshop of the World’ project saw the digitisation of over 10,000 historic images charting the development of the Industrial Revolution in the Black Country, as well as the cataloguing of a series of archives from businesses across the region.  The project involved a team of 5 specialist staff who spent 3 years uncovering archive material and adding it to the computer catalogues.

The project helped The project helped raise public awareness of the archive services and encourage people to discover more of the fascinating history of their part of the Black Country.

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