Birmingham Archives and Heritage Service houses resources relating to the history of Birmingham, these dating from the 12th Century to the present day. Resources are held in environmentally-controlled strongrooms and include documents, manuscripts, maps, newspapers and photographs.
Two main services can be accessed by visitors to Birmingham Library. One is the Heritage Research Area, which contains local and family history, genealogy, maps and newspapers. The other area, the Wolfson for Archival Research contains archival collections, photographs and early printed materials.
Whether you want to investigate the history of a house, conduct research for a school, college or university assignment, discover more about your local community or conduct family history research, you will find the documents of use.
The knowledgeable and helpful staff are always on hand to offer advice and assistance if required.
There is restricted access to some documents.
For details of the Archives and Collections opening hours, please visit their Opening Hours page.
You are required to book 3 or 4 days before visiting the Wolfson Centre (Archives Search Room), and it is also best to tell them what resources you wish to access at the time of booking in order to avoid disappointment when you arrive, especially if you have travelled a long distance.
The Wolfson Centre is on the 4th level of the Library of Birmingham. It is accessible via stairs, lifts or escalators, and is fully accessible once inside. A disabled toilet is situated outside the Wolfson Centre. They also have a hearing loop for people who have auditory problems. Some computers have been specially adapted for the visually impaired, and all computers have the facility to enlarge an image if required.
If you unable to visit in person, the Archive offers a research service, for which a fee is charged.
The Archive is a member of the CARN (County Archive Research Network).
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