Walsall Local History Centre

Walsall Local History Centre holds resources for the Metropolitan Borough of Walsall and is run by Walsall Council.  Resources held by the Archive date from 1225 to the present day and include documents, manuscripts, maps, newspapers and photographs.

The borough's building plans from 1870-1950 are also available at the Office.

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 the history of your local area, 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 Walsall Local History Centre


Walsall Local History Centre 
Essex Street 
WS2 7AS 

Telephone Number:

01922 721305 



For information regarding their collections and their opening hours please visit the appropriate sections of their Home Page.  Their collections include:

  • Census Returns
  • Parish Registers
  • GRO Indexes
  • IGI (International Genealogical Index)
  • Newspapers

Photographs of Walsall in the past are available on their website, along with several articles, including:

  • The Church, the Candle and the Explosion - Cath Yates
  • The Gorgeous George - Walsall's greatest coaching inn - Stuart Williams
  • Joseph Tonks of Willenhall - the Poor Man's Doctor - Stuart Williams
  • Lost Astronomers of Old Walsall - Stuart Williams
  • Second Lieutenant Harold Parry K.R.R.C. - Cath Yates
  • Up the Chuckery with Billy Meikle - Stuart Williams and Billy Meikle
  • When Wellington gave Boney the Boot - Cath Yates

The Archive is located one mile from Walsall town centre and has an onsite car park.  
If travelling by train to Walsall, you must go to St Paul's Street Bus Station if continuing your journey by bus or Leicester Street Tax Rank if continuing your journey by taxi.

Buses 301 or 302 stop near to the Office.

You do not need an appointment to visit, but booking is advisable if a microfilm or microfiche reader is required.  You can book one two-hour session per day, but if you are travelling from outside a 25 mile radius of the centre it is possible to book two sessions.

The building is fully accessible, having disabled access and disabled customer toilets.

Drinks facilities are available in the Archive.

Many local history books are sold at the Centre.

A research service is offered by the Office for anyone unable to visit in person, for which a fee is charged.

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

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