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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 - our opening hours have changed
During late 2018 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 has revised it’s opening hours to the public (please see below).  
Where 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 change in opening hours 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.
Current Opening Hours
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).


Bus Changes

Bus numbers to Walsall Local History Centre are changing from 2nd September 2018. When travelling by bus from Walsall St. Paul’s Street Bus Station, from 2nd September 2018 onward take buses numbered 31 or 32 (formerly 301 or 302), and alight at the stop before Essex Street.  Information on public transport within the West Midlands can be found on the Network West Midlands website


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
You can download our current general information leaflet via this link or pick up a copy from Walsall Local History Centre.
Historic images of Walsall are available to view at the Centre or 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:
Attractions and facilities
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 free one hour session with an experienced family history researcher who will help if you are starting out on family history or have hit a brick wall
A chance to explore stories from the past and contribute your memories
Local History Centre Research Service

We have decided to suspend the paid research service from 1st September 2017, and will provide an update here when the Local History Centre and Archives moves to its new location. This will not affect people coming to the Local History Centre to do their own research.

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Walsall Local History Centre
Essex Street
United Kingdom
Telephone (+44) 01922 652212

Email localhistorycentre@walsall.gov.uk