Help

You can use this website to contact WAVE and to find:

  • information about forthcoming events and exhibitions – see the What’s On section
  • information to help plan a visit, including school visits, to one of our venues – see the Visit section
  • details about the spaces we have available for hire – see Room Hire section
  • how WAVE actively supports creativity, including current opportunities to work with us through artist commissions – see the Supporting Creativity section
  • current volunteering opportunities on offer – see the Volunteers section
  • what is held in the WAVE collections – see the Collections section

NB: Although information about a large proportion of individual collection items looked after by our WAVE venues is available online, the catalogue isn’t complete.  However, these records are being added to all the time so it is always worth checking at a later date or contact us if you have a specific query.

You can find answers to the most frequently asked questions received on the FAQs page.

Search the website

The search box can be found at the top of every page of the website and provides a quick way to find the information you need.   To start a search, type in the relevant word or phrase you want to search for and click Search.  This will return records and display them in order of relevance with the most relevant being first.

A search will display a results page listing the records in order of relevance.  For collection items, the results page will display the basic catalogue record information and a thumbnail image where available.  You can read the full catalogue record by clicking on the record title.  This will display further details on the individual item including the unique Ref No for archive material and Object Number for museum objects (important if you wish to visit one of our venues to see the item) and image(s) where they exist.  Larger versions of image(s) can be viewed by clicking on the image.

If you see the words No Records found, this means that there are no records matching your search term.  This does not necessarily mean that records on your chosen search subject are unavailable, but you might have to think about using a different search word or phrase.

Narrowing your search

You may wish to narrow your search results further by using the options available in the right hand side of the page.

Results from allows you to restrict the results list to articles and pages or to items level records for collection items.  Map will display historical environment records alongside a small selection of collection items on a map: please note only a very small selection of collection items have been geo-coded.

Images only will restrict the reults to items where ther are digital images available for that item.

Subjects identifies themes and terms associated with individual records and there can be more than one for each record.  These subjects are designed to highlight important links which can help the user find relevant records in their search.  The subject matter of photographs, documents and paintings will be identified along with wider relevant subject areas.  These may include associated industries, leisure activities and events in history.

Times relate to specific time periods in our history and range from geological periods such as Silurian to more familiar historical periods including Victorian (1837-1901).  Where possible, items in the collections have been linked with the time period they are associated with.  For example, an object made in 1850 will be linked to the time, Victorian (1837-1901).  

Creator categorises records by people and organisations related to the item.  These may be company names, artists, trade unions and people referred to in archival documents and photographs.

Places identifies place names associated with the item and often refer to where the item was made, the place depicted in a photograph or painting and the place archival documents relate to.

Format represents the technique used to make the object or the form it takes.  For example, artworks may be printed, painted or drawn.  Archival documents may be handwritten, be in the form of a photograph, film or on microfilm.  The museum collections hold various decorative items which have been carved, enamelled or japanned.

Partner narrows the search down to items held either by Wolverhampton City Archives or by Wolverhampton Arts and Museums Service..

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