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Wolverhampton City Archives

Posted March 28, 2012 12:02 pm by admin under

Wolverhampton City Archives

Explore the rich life of Wolverhampton and its people through archives filled with fascinating documents, photographs, maps, recordings, ephemera and more.


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COVID-19 Update

From Wednesday 5 August Wolverhampton City Archives will re-open to the public.

To comply with Government guidance and to use the archives you will need to book an appointment. These are for an allocated time of 2.5 hours and bookable for a maximum of two people. Book your appointment via Eventbrite.

For more information on what to expect before you visit please watch this handy video.


Wolverhampton City Archives houses a wealth of materials relating to the history of all areas now within the city of Wolverhampton including Bilston, Bushbury, Penn, Tettenhall and Wednesfield.

Constantly growing, the Archives’ vast collections include maps, books, census returns, newspapers, records from local schools, churches, clubs, societies and businesses, electoral registers, and indexes to births, deaths and marriages. There are also over 30,000 photographs, plus films, sound recordings, memorabilia and much more.

A city landmark, this Grade II* listed building was built in the mid-18th century as a home for the wealthy Molineux family, before becoming a hotel in the 1870s. Having fallen into disrepair after closing in 1979, the building has since been fully restored, with the impressive wood panelled Oak Room and ornate Rococo Room giving a glimpse into the former life of the building.