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Local History Centre

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Welcome to Walsall Local History Centre, the Archive Service and Local Studies Library for Walsall Council.


Please note that Walsall Local History Centre will be closed over Christmas on 24-26 December 2014 and on 1 January 2015.

The Centre will also be closing early on New Year's Eve, Wednesday 31 December 2014, at 5pm instead of 7pm.

We apologise for any inconvenience and wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Walsall Council Draft Budget Proposals

Consultation on proposed changes to The Walsall Local History Centre

Walsall Council needs to save £86m over the next four years. We’ll have less money in the future, so we’ll have fewer staff and won’t be able to do as much.  We have recently published details of our draft budget proposals and as part of our budget setting process we are keen to hear your views. Decisions about the budget have yet to be made and all feedback received will be collated and fed into the budget setting process with the final budget due to be agreed by full Council in February 2015.

An online consultation is available via the link below. Please tick the answers that apply to you. The deadline for responses is 10 December 2014.


Opening hours

  • Tuesday 9.30am - 5.30pm
  • Wednesday 9.30am - 7pm
  • Thursday 9.30am - 5.30pm
  • Saturday 9.30am - 1pm

General information and events

You can download our current general information leaflet and our latest public events leaflet in PDF format by clicking on the following links.  The events leaflet will be revised from time to time as indicated:

Both leaflets are also available in printed form from Walsall Local History Centre.

Next Event


Mon 5 January 2015 - 'A Tale of Three Towns' - Former Black Country Archaeologist Mike Shaw, now undertaking research into the topography of medieval towns at Birmingham University, will speak about medieval Walsall, Wolverhampton and Willenhall, presenting some of the preliminary results of his work for these three towns.

7pm for 7.30pm - 9pm.  Admission £2.

BOOKING ESSENTIAL on 01922 721305.

Mon 2 February 2015 - 'Local Newspapers for Family & Local History' - Walsall's Local Studies Librarian Cath Yates will give an overview of the history of newspapers in Walsall and what researchers can use them for. She will also reveal some of the big news stories that have been covered

7pm for 7.30pm - 9pm.  Admission £2.

BOOKING ESSENTIAL on 01922 721305.

Mon 2 March 2015 - 'Pat Collins - His Legacy' - A brand new talk by well-known local historian Ned Williams about the legendary Bloxwich showman and the legacy he left behind.

7pm for 7.30pm - 9pm.  Admission £2.

BOOKING ESSENTIAL on 01922 721305.

Walsall Local History Centre blog

For more news and information, please read our blog at:

Attractions and facilities

  • Free admission
  • Free on site parking
  • Disabled access
  • Drinks facility
  • Friendly, fully trained staff who can help with your family and local history inquiries
  • Access to resources on family and local history ranging in date from 1225 to the present day
  • A range of local history publications for sale
  • Regular events
  • Free introductory sessions on the Ancestry family history database and our family  history resources
  • An hour’s free session with an experienced family history researcher who will help if you are starting out on family history or have hit a brick wall
  • Workshops and courses in family and local history
  • In-house Photographic Service providing images to both private and commercial customers.
  • A paid research service if you would like us to do your research for you
  • A chance to explore stories from the past and contribute your memories

What’s happening


Walsall's Great War 2 June 2014 to 29 November 2014.


As we think about the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War and the tremendous impact which it made, this exhibition echoes the impact of the war on the home front in Walsall.  From local hospitals to events to the Zeppelin raid, find out how the town responded.

Admission FREE during normal opening hours.

Please phone before travelling to check opening hours if visiting on 31 December as this is New Year's Eve.

Research service

All users are welcome to visit us to carry out their inquiries in person and there is no charge for access to the centre. However if you are unable to visit us we can carry out research on your behalf for half an hour or a maximum of one hour. The charge for the research service is £10 per half hour. The search forms and details are available on this website under the menu heading services, copy and research service.

Keep in touch

Simply search for Walsall Local History Centre when logged in to Facebook, then click on Like to follow us once you have found our page.

Internet users can now sign up to follow Walsall Local History Centre’s news and announcements via Twitter messages by visiting the centre’s page at twitter.com/WalsallLHCentre The centre’s Flickr page may be viewed at www.flickr.com/photos/walsallhistory.

Contact us

Centre Manager
Walsall Local History Centre
Essex Street
United Kingdom

Telephone (U.K.) 01922 721305- (International) +44 1922 721305
Fax (U.K.) 01922 634954 - (International) +44 1922 634954
Email localhistorycentre@walsall.gov.uk

This page was last updated on 17 December 2014