Historic exhibition celebrates democracy in Dudley

Dudley Charter of IncorporationDudley history buffs can discover treasures of local and global significance in the Archives Centre’s latest exhibition marking two major milestones – the 150th anniversary of the incorporation of the borough of Dudley and the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta.

Sources on display include a Victorian copy of the Magna Carta, the original Charter of Incorporation complete with seal, four 17th century letters about Dudley Castle in the Civil War, together with a facsimile of the Domesday Book and much more.

Follow the story of Dudley borough and its development from the Norman conquest through the era of Magna Carta.  It shows the first reference to Dudley as a borough in 1275, Dudley’s dispatch of two MPs to Edward I’s model parliament to the civil war.

Continuing throughout the 18th and 19th centuries the display will explain the gradually building impetus towards improvement in sanitary and civic conditions that went hand in glove with the rapid industrialisation of the borough leading to calls tor increasingly comprehensive and effective local government which led to the incorporation in April 1865.

The exhibition also showcases examples of original sources held in the archives for researching house, family and local history and also on display is a selection of photographs of Dudley Market Place, dating from 1867 to 2002.

These remarkable documents are fascinating and should be enjoyed by everyone.

The exhibition will run at the Dudley Archives and Local History Centre from May to August and is open Monday to Saturday from 9am until 5pm with late opening on Thursdays til 7pm.

For more information about the Archives service or help with your own research, ask the helpful & knowledgeable staff or check out the Centre’s website for more information .

The archives service is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 9am – 5pm and 9:30am – 7pm on Thursdays.