Dudley Archives and Local Studies Service

Dudley Archives and Local History Service collects and preserves records relating to the history of Dudley Borough.  These resources date from the twelfth century and include business records, local authority correspondence, maps, minutes and school records.  

These records help to give an understanding of the past and how it shaped the present.

Whatever the reason for your visit, whether you wish to research the history of a house, conduct research for a school, college or university assignment, study your family history or are interested in local history, you will the documents held of use.  

The knowledgeable and helpful staff are always on hand to help should you have any questions or require assistance.

Information about Dudley Archives


Dudley Archives and Local History Centre
Tipton Road

Telephone Number:

01384 812770 



For information regarding their collections, please visit their Home Page, their Guide to Sources held and peruse their online catalogue.  Records held by the Office include:

  • Books
  • Census Returns
  • General Register Office (GRO) indexes
  • International Genealogical Index (IGI)
  • Journals and Magazines
  • Maps and plans
  • Newspapers
  • Parish records
  • Photographs
  • Poor Law
  • Newspapers
  • Photographs
  • Printed sources
  • Title Deeds
  • Trade Directories

Records held by the Archive also include the Dudley Estate Archive, the papers of the Earls of Dudley.

You are not required to make an appointment to visit the office, but if you wish to use a computer or table, you are advised to book in advance.  Documents can also be requested in advance.

Free parking is available at the Archive.

You can use a camera in the Archive, but a charge is made to people taking advantage of this service.  Not all documents can be photographed because some are fragile and easily damaged.

Wi-Fi is available throughout the Office.

The building is fully accessible to wheelchair users.

Books about the area's history are sold in the Archive.

Vending machines are available in the foyer, where you are also welcome to eat your own food.

If you are unable to visit the Archive, they offer a Research Service, for which a fee is charged.

The Office is a member of the CARN (County Archive Research Network).

For further details of Record Offices in Staffordshire, please view my pages regarding Staffordshire Record Office, Lichfield Archives, Sandwell Community History and Archive Service, Stoke on Trent City Archives and Walsall Local History Centre.

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