Hands-on history event at Dudley Archives

Local History DayWant to get to grips with Dudley’s captivating history, or get a feel for tracing your own family tree?  Then this fantastic interactive event is just what you need!

On Saturday 3rd October, the Dudley Archives & Local History Centre is throwing open its doors for a family day, geared to entertain all ages, that will help you discover fascinating facts about the borough and its people.

Local authors and historians including Chris Smith, Michelle Higgs, Anne Clark and Kate Round will enthrall you with gripping tales about the Tipton Slasher, the life of servants in Edwardian times and the work of women in the glass industry as well as giving you an insight into how to research your ancestry and local history on the net.

More than 15 exhibitors from local history organisations will be showcasing information, adding to the Archives’ latest exhibition about the career of local soldier, William Hadley – an exceptional record of one man’s service. The collection includes thought provoking items including the army book (for use on active service) complete with jagged bullet hole where William Hadley was shot and severely wounded in the chest.

A series of panels produced by the Black Country Society’s Great War project, detailing those who lost their lives in the conflict, will also be on display.

Younger visitors haven’t been forgotten either! Bring the children or grandchildren along – there’s a special area devoted to children’s activities.  They can go on their own exciting treasure hunt, build a paper castle, join in with games and much more.

The Friends of Dudley Archives will be serving hot & cold drinks and home-made cakes in our “cafe” and are running a raffle on the day with the 1st prize of a luxury hamper.

If you’ve never visited before, this is a great introduction to the centre.  You will have the opportunity to find out more about what the Archives do with three behind-the-scenes tours taking place throughout the day.


The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All are welcome; there is free admission plus entry to a free prize draw. Prizes include family tickets to local Dudley attractions.

For more information contact Dudley Archives on 01384 812770