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.
Resources held by the Archive also include:
The Dudley Estate Archive: Papers of the Earls of Dudley contains 9000 dpocuments, 2000 maps and plans and 350 volumes. The earliest document in the collection, a papal bull granting churches and land to the Prior of Dudley, dates from 1182.
Free parking is available at the Archive.
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, especially if you are travelling a long distance. Documents can also be requested in advance, but the Office requires two working days notice to ensure the documents will be available when you arrive.
For a fee, the Office is also prepared to arrange tours of the Archive for up to 25 people. You are also able to book the Abbey Room or Castle Room, which can be used for meetings or workshops.
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 history of the area are sold in the Archive, along with conservation products you can use to preserve your own photographs and papers.
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.
A newsletter, titled 'Dudley Archives Journal', is published by the Office on a bi-annual basis, containing information regarding the archive and local history collections.
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.