About the online catalogue


The online catalogue allows you to search for information about the archives and local history collections held at the Dudley Archives and Local History Centre.


The collections cover centuries of local history, with the oldest item dating from 1182. We hold a wide variety of material including original hand-written documents, audio-visual material, printed books & pamphlets, ephemera, newspapers, journals & magazines, trade directories, photographs, maps, plans, prints and drawings. Of particular note is the Dudley Estate Archive, the family papers of the Earls of Dudley which chart the development of much of the region. Our extremely diverse collections provide a rich resource for learning and discovery.


Our holdings include:

  • Dudley Metropolitan Borough historical records, including council minutes
  • Records of the Local Authorities that historically made up the borough
  • Parish and nonconformist records
  • School records
  • Papers of local people and families including the Dudley Estate Collection
  • Title deeds
  • Records of local businesses and solicitors
  • Records of local organisations, including political parties, cultural groups and sports teams
  • Local History collections including books, journals, pamphlets, maps, audio-visual material and photographs

We are working to catalogue all of our records and new records are added on a regular basis so please be aware that this is a work in progress and that currently not all collections are included in the catalogue. Please contact us for more information.

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