Black Country History Web Site

Black Country History is a searchable website which allows users to find information about documents, maps, photographs, art works, objects and more held by archives and museums services within the Black Country.
The eight partners involved in this website are:
Dudley Archives and Local History Service
Dudley Museums Service
Sandwell Community History and Archives Service
Sandwell Museums Service
Walsall Local History Centre
Walsall Museums Service
Wolverhampton Archives and Local Studies
Wolverhampton Arts and Museums Service

Contact information for accessibility help


[email protected]


01902 552055

Postal Address

Wolverhampton Arts and Museums Service
Wolverhampton Art Gallery
Lichfield Street


Each of the partners involved in this website holds thousands of items relating to the history of the Black Country: books, maps and plans, photographs, newspapers, trade directories, local authority records, business records, historical objects, paintings, sculptures and decorative art objects and much more.  The range of subjects covered by these collections is wide ranging – archive collections focus on local places, people and industry whilst our museum collections also contain material from further afield.

Information about these resources can be found on this website by carrying out a simple search from the Home page – just put one or more words into the search box to see records that maybe of interest.  Alternatively you can follow one of the keywords displayed in the ‘tag cloud’ at the bottom of this page.

Highlights from our archive collections

All of our local archives have important collections of photographs of local streets and buildings, including churches, shops, banks, public houses and schools. There are also photographs relating to transport: buses, canals and trains.

Highlights from our museum collections

Our museums and art galleries hold a wealth of objects with local connections as well as other objects and art works from all over the world.

All the museums have good fine art collections; paintings, drawings, prints and, to a lesser extent, sculpture.  Decorative art, both locally made and from further afield is also well represented with good examples of japanned ware, enamels, steel jewellery, carved ivories.  Broadfield House Glass Museum has a magnificent collection of British glass, much of it made locally, dating from the 17th century up to the present day.

We have good collections of locally made items, particularly metal goods, including locks and keys, animal traps and cast brass as well as items that illustrate the social history of the area.  Walsall museums collections are particularly strong on leather goods, lorinery and costume, including the nationally important Hodson Shop collection of twentieth century working-class clothing.

Sandwell museums have a wide ranging ethnographic collection, largely donated by Helen Caddick, a local Victorian explorer.

Dudley, Sandwell and Wolverhampton museums have nationally important geology collections.  Sandwell museums also have a variety of natural history specimens.

Tag cloud

Please use our rotating tag cloud to see records about a subject that interests you. Simply move your cursor over the cloud and select the one you want!  Place your cursor in the centre of the cloud to stop it spinning, move your mouse across the cloud to set it spinning again!

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