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Using The Archives

The Archives and Local History Centre is located on the Tipton Road, Dudley DY1 4SQ (next to the Black Country Living Museum).

The archives service is open to visitors on the following days:

  • Tuesday 9.30am to 5pm

  • Wednesday to Friday 10.30am to 4pm

  • Saturday: 10am to 4.30pm

Visitors can come to the centre during opening times without a prior appointment. However, we do have a booking service for resources such as computers and tables (in the search room). You can also request documents in advance.

Many of the records held at the centre are unique and irreplaceable. For this reason you will need to register with us before using the search room. Please bring identification with you - see the registration page for details.

There are no admission charges to the centre and there are no charges to view the material that we hold. However, there are charges for some of the services that are available at the centre - see the full list on the fees and charges page.

Please note: the material we hold can only be viewed in our search room at the centre. Items cannot be borrowed or removed from the premises.


Some records held by The Archives fall under the Copyright Designs and Patents Act (1988) and therefore certain restrictions are in place to prevent infringement of copyright laws. For more information see the policies page.


The archive centre is purpose built to house our wonderful collections of archives and local history material with state of the art strong rooms to maintain optimum environmental conditions. The building also features upgraded facilities for our visitors. These include:

  • Disabled access
  • Fully equipped archive search room with open access Local Studies Library
  • Conference and lecture rooms
  • Meeting rooms for hire
  • Exhibition spaces
  • Public Wi-Fi throughout the building
  • Records management facility
  • Archive storage space for hire
  • Foyer with eating area equipped with vending machines
  • Toilets and Changing Places
  • Free parking
  • Cycle racks
  • Shop


For more information about using The Archives please use the links to the left.