Dudley archive centre set to open next week

By Jon Bauckham, 9 January 2014 - 12:58pm

A brand new archive and local history centre will open its doors in Dudley next week, giving genealogists access to thousands of resources

Thursday 9 January 2014
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Located near the Black Country Living Museum on Tipton Road, the new Dudley Archives building was constructed at a cost of £6 million (photo courtesy of Dudley Council)

A state-of-the-art archive and local history centre is to open in Dudley next week, providing genealogists with new rooms to study over a mile of research material.

The premises in Tipton Road will be unveiled on Tuesday 14 January, replacing Coseley Archives, which previously housed Dudley’s collections.

Over 15,000 books, business ledgers, maps, newspapers, photographs and school records will be on display, alongside written records and census data dating back to the 12th century.

Visitors interested in family history, house history, and life and work in Dudley borough will be catered for. Other facilities include a local studies library and large search room, as well as a free public car park.

Part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund to redevelop the Castle Hill area in Dudley, the centre will also offer a programme of Adult and Community Learning exhibitions, plus workshops on family history for beginners.

Councillor Stuart Turner, the cabinet member responsible for the archives, said the centre was “looking fantastic” and that it will be a “great resource” for the borough.

“The staff have worked really hard to get everything moved into the centre – a hugely challenging task, he said.

"We are looking forward now to the public opening and hope that people will come along and have a look at all that the centre will have on offer.”

Marése O'Sullivan
 

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► Find out more about the new facilities at dudley.gov.uk

 

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