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Local History Day - Saturday 7 October 2017

Step back in time to explore the borough’s heritage and discover unique local stories at this year’s Local History Day.  

Come and join us for this free event at the Archives and Local History Centre between 10am and 4pm. The day will include:

• family and local history society exhibitions

• behind the scenes tours

• talks covering various topics including a new WW1 project

• family activities and quizzes

• family history research advice

• fascinating life stories and photographs

• publications for sale

• refreshments

• free prize draw

• raffle.

We want to remember and commemorate soldiers of the borough and would be grateful if people brought any relevant old photographs or documents to be copied and added to the collection.

piece of the Titanic hull and other artefacts from the infamous liner are on display at The Archives until 27 May 2017.

Don’t throw those old photos away

Dudley Archives and Local History Service is always looking to add new photographs to its collection. If you have old photographs you don’t know what to do with or photographs you think others would love to see then please get in touch. :: More information here.

Current exhibition at the Archives

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. 

Libraries and DALHS local history talks

The borough’s intriguing past is brought to life with a series of local history talks at Dudley libraries and the Dudley Archives and Local History Centre.

The programme of talks is now underway with sessions taking place across the borough until June 2017.

For further information please view the list of talks here.

Dudley Archives Journal

Issue 19 of the Dudley Archives Journal, July 2017, is available to view online.

DALHS becomes permanent home to the Earl of Dudley collection

Following an agreement between the estate of William Ward, 4th Earl of Dudley, and HM Revenue and Customs, the vast archive known as the Earl of Dudley Collection is now a permanent addition to the Dudley archives.

The collection contains over 13,000 records that directly pertain to the geographical area that is now Dudley Metropolitan Borough.  The largest series of records in the collection is the Title Deeds which include 3,509 deeds and of these 2,814 relate to property in the borough. The majority of the remainder have one or more parties to the deed who reside in the Dudley borough.

Also included in this series of the collection is the oldest document at the centre, a Papal Bull dated 16 July 1182 and grants land, including St James’ Church in Dudley, to the Prior of Dudley Priory.

The collection further contains 986 manorial records dating from 1348 to 1949 and 990 which cover areas of the borough. 

Dudley’s archives service offers excellent access to the material to both members of the public and scholars.  The National Cataloguing Grants Programme has previously recognised the importance of the collection by allocating funding to DALHS to produce an item level ISAD(G) compliant catalogue for the entire collection.

This catalogue is available online at the Black Country History website and the DALHS online catalogue. 

Adult and Community Learning at the Archives 

The centre offers a range of exciting learning and development opportunities including a programme of adult and community learning workshops and short courses.

Family history groups

If you are interested in tracing your family history we have a number of classes that cater for the more advanced family history researcher as well as complete beginners. Please see related document below for details – Family history groups.