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Welcome to Walsall Local History Centre, the Archive Service and Local Studies Library for Walsall Council.
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Walsall Council Walsall Local History Centre collects, processes and stores a wide range of information, including some personal details, in order to deliver our services efficiently. We are responsible for managing the information we hold and we recognise that this information is important to you. We take our responsibilities seriously and use personal information fairly, correctly and safely in line with the legal requirements set out by the GDPR. A full copy of the GDPR information can be found here.

Important Notice
In the first quarter of 2019 the Local History Centre and Archives in Walsall will be moving premises from Essex Street to the centre of Walsall on Lichfield Street. Walsall Local History Centre will be relocated within a building also housing the library service. This means the public will have access to both services and will have facilities to research and locate archival material in a modern facility.
To ensure that all the necessary preparation is made to remove the archives and local history services successfully and safely, the Local History Centre will close to the general public after 19 December 2018.
While the Local History Centre is closed to the general public time will be spent cataloguing collections and packaging documents for moving the Local History Centre and Archives successfully to the new location.
This closure to the general public is a temporary measure and will remain in place until the move is completed.
To keep you informed of progress with the move and of any changes that may impact you as our customers we will post regular updates through social media (see below for links) and local postings in the Local History Centre.
Opening Hours up to 19 December 2018
10am – 4pm
10am – 4pm
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Bank Holidays

  We do not provide access to archives, maps or photographs between 12pm and 2pm (Tuesday and Wednesday).


A number of our fees and charges have changed as of 1st January 2018 - please see our Local History Centre Charges page for details which supercede all previous charges information.
Jack Haddock Photo Book
A new book packed with historic and nostalgic Walsall rail, bus, canal and townscape photographs from the 1950s onwards has been published by the Centre. The pictures are by the late Walsall local historian and photographer Jack Haddock, and the book has been edited and designed by Stuart Williams. Entitled
The Two-wheeled Time Traveller
and costing £8 plus p&p, the book is the ideal gift and is on sale here now. Tel: 01922 652212 to order.
General information
Historic images of Walsall are available to view on the 'A Click in Time' website (the latter showcases around a quarter of our main photo collection plus several hundred Jack Haddock images).
For additional news and information read our blog:
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Contact us
Walsall Local History Centre
Essex Street
United Kingdom
Telephone (+44) 01922 652212

Email localhistorycentre@walsall.gov.uk