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.


Please note that the Centre will be CLOSED on Saturday 26 March 2016 for the Easter holiday. Our opening hours are otherwise unaffected - please see below.

Opening hours

  • Monday   CLOSED
  • Tuesday   10am - 4pm
  • Wednesday 10am - 7pm
  • Thursday 10am - 1pm
  • Friday      CLOSED
  • Saturday  10am - 1pm
  • Sunday    CLOSED

Please note We are unable to provide access to archives, maps or photographs between 1pm-2pm (Tues-Wed) due to insufficient staff. Family history materials and much of our local studies library are unaffected by this. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Access to the Centre

Access to the Centre is now by controlled entry.  Research Room users and all visitors should enter via the usual front door which will be unlocked at 10am, but there is now a buzzer adjacent to the door into the former Reception area and anyone entering will need to press the buzzer and announce themselves before being admitted.

The former Reception area is now used as a refreshment/lunch area by users/visitors.


All bags must be placed in a locker before entering the Research Room - you will find these through the 'reception' door then through the door on your right marked Toilets as you enter.

Signing in

Users and visitors may then enter the Research Room via the blue double doors to sign in at the Reception Desk on the left.

The above changes are necessitated by the level of staff cuts required to meet the budget savings which the service has been asked to make.

General information

You can download our current general information leaflet in PDF format by clicking on the following links.


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

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 c1225 to the present day
  • A range of local history publications for sale
  • 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

Walsall Local History Centre
Essex Street
United Kingdom

Telephone (U.K.) 01922 652212- (International) +44 1922 652212

Email localhistorycentre@walsall.gov.uk

This page was last updated on 22 March 2016