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Dudley Archives and Local History Centre

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

Our opening hours are:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday: 9am to 5pm

Thursday: 9.30 - 7pm

We are based at Tipton Road, Dudley, DY1 4SQ (next to the Black Country Living Museum). More info on transport.

  • You can book a resource (computer, table etc) online, or contact us on 01384 812770, or email us.

  • Tours: Book a tour by calling us: 01384 812770 

  • Take a look at a variety of courses taking place at the New Archives and Local History Centre.

  • Events:View our exciting events coming soon!

We hope that this website will direct you to the resources you need for your research and help you to plan your visit to consult them.

So, whether you’re interested in family history, house history, or any aspect of life and work in Dudley borough, past and present – we may be able to help you.

  • Did your ancestors come from within the present Dudley borough?

  • Do you live in Dudley and would you like to find out more about the history of your house, school, street or village as it used to be?

  • Are you interested in the history of local industry?

  • Are you a student, teacher or lecturer, interested in a local history topic?

Whatever your query, please do not hesitate to contact us, you never know what you might find.

Explore your Archive 2015

Explore Your Archive is a joint campaign delivered by The National Archives and the Archives and Records Association across the UK and Ireland. It aims to showcase the unique potential of archives to excite people, bring communities together, and tell amazing stories. The campaign showcases the phenomenal archival collections held by organisations across the UK and Ireland, whatever their size and scale, and wherever they are. We are pleased to continue our tradition of participating in Explore your Archive campaign.
This year between Saturday 14th November 2015 and Saturday 21st November 2015 we will have a fabulous display on the records we hold that illuminate the intriguing history of transport in the borough.
A combination of fascinating facts and stunning reproductions of material held in our collection will bring to life a range of interesting topics.  Discover the link between and Caersws in central Wales whilst learning hoe robbery and murder on the roads led the Government to pass an Act in 1706.  Find out why people could be killed at canal locks and who fell victim to Beeching’s axe in 1964. Join us to be transported through time and across the borough!

Multi-storey’s Black Country Stories

An archive box containing a photographic record of people in the Dudley borough was presented to the Archive and Local History Centre on 17 September 2015.

The presentation is part of a four year project documenting every day life in the Black Country by photographer Martin Parr.

Dudley Archivist Richard Lewis said, “The photographs will make a wonderful addition to the photographs already held at the Archives and will allow for a visual comparison of the people of nineteenth, twentieth and twenty first century Dudley.” 

Earl of Dudley Estate Collection - eight centuries of history

The Earl of Dudley estate collection, which spans eight centuries of history, is on show at the Archives and Local History Centre. The exhibition takes visitors on a journey from the twelfth century in Dudley borough through to the present day.

:: more on the earl of dudley estate collection


Yes, our online catalogue, Blackcountryhistory.org, has returned in a new and improved website, and it's better than ever before! 

With the ability to refine your searches by People, Places, Times, Subjects or individual offices, it is now easier than ever to discover that ever elusive record or photograph. All of the catalogued material at Dudley Archives is available to search. This amounts to over ten thousand records and over three thousand images!

So get searching now, you never know what you might find ...

Ancestry Computer Buddies

If you want to trace your family tree or need help in using ancestry.com then book a free one hour one-to one session with one of our computer buddies at the Archives and Local History Centre.

Sessions are available during these times
Tuesday 9 am. until 4 p.m.
Wednesdays 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.
Thursdays 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. 
Saturday 9 a.m. 1 p.m. .
Ring us on  01384 812770 to book your session or for more information.

Contact Details

Tel: 01384 812770
Email: Dudley Archives

Adult and community learning courses at archives

A programme of adult and community learning workshops and short courses takes place at the archives. The centre represents a new community learning venue, offering a range of exciting learning and development opportunities.

:: more information on courses

New Leaflet

Our new leaflet outlines all of the services on offer at the archives. Click below to take a look, or call us for a copy.

:: archives and local history service brochure