Local History Centre
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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.

Computer maintenance

Please note that due to essential maintenance of Walsall Council's Data Centre, computer facilities will be unavailable here on Saturday 24 January 2015.  We apologise for any inconvenience.

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 (updated 16 Jan 2015) will be revised from time to time as indicated:

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

Historic school records being digitized

Walsall borough school log books and admission/discharge registers from 1914 and earlier, preserved at Walsall Local History Centre, have been sent for digitization.

While this is being done, they will be unavailable until further notice. If you need to consult these records, please contact the Archivist, Paul Ford, on 01922 721305.

Forthcoming Events


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 - Beer, Bets and Bull-baiting

Popular public speaker Mary Bodfish uncovers the rise and fall of the boozy, bloody amusements of the Black Country working classes in the early 19th century. [A change to the previously advertised programme]

7pm for 7.30pm - 9pm.  Admission £2.

BOOKING ESSENTIAL on 01922 721305.

Mon 13 April 2015 - 'Titanic - The Midlands' Connections'

Titanic expert Andrew Lound, FBIS will reveal the engineering and people links between the Midlands and the tragic ocean liner which sank in 1912.

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
  • 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

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 28 January 2015