Sandwell Community History and Archive Service

Sandwell Community History and Archive Service holds resources relating to the Metropolitan Borough of Sandwell, situated in the West Midlands.  These records include original borough records, documents, manuscripts, maps, newspapers and photographs.  

The Record Office also hold the records of Chance Brothers & Company Limited, which was one of the biggest glass manufacturers in Britain.

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 Sandwell Community History and Archive Service


Sandwell Community History and Archive Service
Smethwick Library 
High Street 
B66 1AA 

Telephone Number:

0121 558 2561 

Fax Number:

0121 555 6064 


For information about their collections, please visit their collections page.  You can also search their online catalogue, but only a small proportion of their collections is catalogued at present.  Collections held by the Office include:

  • Burial and Cremation Records
  • Business Records
  • Census Returns
  • Churchyard Records
  • Court Records
  • Electoral Registers
  • Faith Records
  • Family and Personal Records
  • Maps
  • Organisation and Society Records
  • Photographs
  • School Records

For details about their opening hours, please visit the opening hours page.

A car park is available on Stony Lane and parking bays are accessible on High Street and Stony Lane.

The Office is approximately five minutes walk from Smethwick Rolfe Street railway station and fifteen minutes from Smethwick Galton Bridge railway station.

Buses 53, 80, 87 and 89 stop close to the Archive.

You are advised to book before visiting because it can become very busy and also if you wish to access original documents.

The Office's searchroom is fully accessible to anyone using a wheelchair and many other adaptations have been installed for disabled users, including an adjustable table, hearing loop and a computer with adaptive software.  A member of staff is trained in the use of British sign language.  Disabled-access customer toilets are also available.

You are able to use a digital camera in the searchroom, but a charge is made to customers taking advantage of this service.

A research service is offered for anyone unable to visit in person.

Sandwell Archives is a member of the CARN (County Archive Research Network)

For further details of Record Offices in Staffordshire, please visit my pages regarding Staffordshire Record Office, Dudley Archives, Lichfield Record Office, Stoke on Trent City Archives and Walsall Local History Centre.

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