Walsall Local History Centre
West Midlands County
The research room is open to all members of the public free of charge and you will receive a friendly welcome from helpful staff. No appointment is necessary unless you intend to use the microfilm or microfiche readers.
If you intend to consult the local Census, Church of England parish registers, General Register Office (St. Catherine's House) Indexes, the International Genealogical Index or the 1881 Census Index, and local newspapers you will use a microfiche or microfilm reader during your visit. The research room can get busy so advance booking is strongly advised.
It is possible to book one two-hour session per day, or up to two sessions if you are travelling from further than a 25-mile radius from the Centre. Please contact us in advance to advise us of your needs and to book a reader if required. Please do not assume that leaving a message on our answering machine will guarantee a booking - you are advised to check directly with a member of staff at all times.
Most of the borough's survivng building plans, between 1870 and 1950, have now been indexed by staff and volunteers. Indexes are available in the reading room.
We are normally closed on public holidays, and occasionally on other statutory days associated with these. Please telephone to check our opening hours at these times before making a special journey.
Reader ticket requirements:
We operate the County Archives Research Network (CARN) ticket system. If you do not already have a CARN ticket you will need to register on your first visit. Registration is free, but we must see official proof of name, address and signature, such as driver’s licence, or a utility bill and debit card.