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


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We will be closed on the following days:

  • Friday 18 April (normal closing)
  • Saturday 19 April
  • Sunday 20 April (normal closing)
  • Monday 21 April (normal closing)

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.

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


Jack Haddock's Transport Memories 4 February 2014 - 17 April 2014.

Walsall's well-known transport photographer, author and historian Jack Haddock receives a retrospective showing some of his finest photography from the 1950s onwards, the originals of which are held in his archive collection at the Centre.  Comprising atmospheric location images of steam railways, buses and canals and their environs in Walsall borough.

Admission FREE during normal opening hours.

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.

Next Public Talk: Cinemas in the Black Country

Monday 12 May 2014, 7 pm for 7.30pm-9.00pm.

Noted local historian, cinema expert and author Ned Williams raises the curtain on the story of one of the most popular forms of entertainment, and its architecture, from  the late 19th century to recent times. Rescheduled from 6 January.

Admission £2.00 Booking essential, please telephone 01922 721305.

Workshop for Adults

House History

Saturday 21 June 2014 11am-12.30pm

How to begin researching the history of your home, whether it be a Victorian villa or a 1960s council flat.  Discover the records behind your bricks-and-mortar.

Cost £4.00  Booking essential, telephone 01922 721305.

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 £8 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 April 2014