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Welcome to Dudley archives and local history online

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.

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 new archives 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

The Big Move

The Dudley borough archives and local history centre moved from its previous location in Coseley to the brand new purpose built centre in Dudley in late 2013.

The new centre offers 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 part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, as part of their funding for the redevelopment of the Castle Hill area of Dudley.

:: more on the new archives and local history centre


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 ...

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