Research at Wolverhampton City Archives

Wolverhampton City Archives exists to collect, preserve and make accessible historical records relating to the City of Wolverhampton, and to secure significant modern records for future generations.

Documents available include books, maps, plans; over 30,000 photographs; records of local churches, schools and other institutions; records of the city council and its predecessors; and records of local industries, clubs and societies.  Please allow 30 minutes before closing time if you wish to consult documents that need to be retrieved from the repository.

We also hold records for family historians, including newspapers, census returns, probate records and electoral registers. For these records, it is advisable to book a microfilm or microfiche viewer in advance of your visit. A selection of microform viewers is available, some with printing facilities. There is a wide range of magnifications spread across the machines.  A number of machines have extra room around them to accommodate wheelchairs or a helper. A height-adjustable table suitable for wheelchair users is also available.

Please note pens are not allowed in the search rooms, please bring a pencil with you to make notes.

Much of the collection has been catalogued and brief information about individual items is available to search on this website, see the Collections/Local History section and the Family History Research page for more information.

Car parking: Car parking is available at the rear of the Molineux Hotel Building, including spaces reserved for disabled visitors, and is accessed via Whitmore Hill. Please press for assistance at the car park barrier and announce that you are visiting Archives.

Copying of records: Copying or digitisation of records is available on request, subject to copyright.

Reader’s Tickets: A reader’s ticket is required to use the service. These are available free of charge from reception, although you will need to provide proof of your name and address.  As a member of the County Archive Research Network (CARN), Wolverhampton Archives accept reader’s tickets for issued by other record offices in the scheme.

Enquiry Service: If you are unable to visit in person, we can undertake research on your behalf via our postal research service.

Archives Postal Research Order Form

Fees and Charges: List of fees and charges for using the Archives and Local Studies services and materials

Learning:  We are happy to give talks and tours to local groups on all aspects of Wolverhampton’s history, and also to provide resources for use in schools and for other educational purposes. Please contact us for further details.

Depositing and Donating Items: If you have any documents, photographs, film and sound recordings or electronic records that you would like to preserve at the archives, please contact the City Archivist. Our Acquisitions Policy is available on request.