The Big Move
Later this year the Dudley borough archives and local history service will move from its current location in Coseley, to a brand new purpose built centre on the Tipton Road in Dudley (next to the Black Country Living Museum).
The new centre will offer a range of state of the art facilities and lots of opportunities for involvement in local and family history from residents, community groups, schools and colleges.
The centre is being part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, as part of their funding for the redevelopment of the Castle Hill area of Dudley. It will open to the public in January 2014.
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Reduced service from 1 October
In preparation for The Big Move there will be a reduced service from 1 October, when the Coseley centre will close to the public.
The big move is now underway with the boxing up and transfer of the archive collection, together with all of the service’s equipment. These move preparations make the Coseley centre unsafe for public access, along with the archive material being inaccessible.
Until the new centre opens to the public in January 2014 a phone and email enquiry service will be on offer, along with family history and ancestry courses, exhibitions, and a programme of events. Bookings will also be taken for tours of the new centre – available in January when it opens.
Further information is available by calling the service on 01384 812770
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 Dudley Archives and Local History Service's catalogued material 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 ...