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The research room at Dudley Archives and Local History Service is now open to the public by appointment only. Please call us on 01384 812 770 for further information and to make an appointment. Opening Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10:00am-4:00pm (Closed Sunday and Monday)

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

We hold original archive material including business ledgers, maps, school records and local authority correspondence and minutes. We have over 15,000 books and pamphlets and around 26,000 images relating to the borough.  Dudley Archives and Local History Service is managed through partnership with Better (GLL), a not for profit charitable social enterprise group.

If you are looking for archives, photography archives, maps, local history and insight there are a number of other resources you may find helpful:


Dudley Archives and Local History Service holds an extensive collection of trade directories, returns, electoral and parish registers from the Dudley borough and further afield.

Want to find out about your family history?

Uncover more about your family tree and trace the generations with Ancestry - the most comprehensive collection of UK, US and international historical records.  All of our on site library and archives computers have access to this service for members to use.

Cemeteries covered

  • Stourbridge Cemetery
  • Lye/Wollescote Cemetery
  • Cradley Cemetery
  • Halesowen Cemetery
  • Gornal Cemetery
  • Dudley Cemetery
  • Brierley Hill Cemetery
  • Stourbridge Crematorium
  • Gornal Wood Crematorium

Disclaimer - Important notice

Dudley MBC has taken all reasonable steps to ensure the information provided is clear and accurate. The material provided is for personal use and may not be used for commercial purposes.

All information is provided in good faith and Dudley MBC accepts no liability for any errors or omissions in the research data. Whilst every effort has been made to accurately transfer records, there can be no guarantee that the search will provide a positive result in any individual case.

Prior to April 2005 the cremation records on this site are incomplete and do not include the age of the deceased or their date of death.  These fields will show as zero years by the age and blank in the date of death field. For further information on these records, please contact the relevant crematorium office.

In addition there are also a small amount of burial records that were transferred without a date of burial on them. These will show up with a default date of 01/01/1800 against them. These records will be amended over a gradual period of time. Any queries regarding these records, please contact the relevant cemetery office.

Due to legal restrictions we cannot publish any information on cremation or burial records within a minimum of the past six months. The site is periodically updated every six months.