Birmingham City Council

Welcome to Birmingham Archives and Heritage Service

We collect and preserve both original and printed records of historical significance relating to the city of Birmingham, its people, its businesses, institutions and societies, dating from the 12th to the 21st century.



Birmingham Archives and Heritage
Central Library
Chamberlain Square
Birmingham
B3 3HQ

Tel: 0121 303 4549
Email: archives.heritage@birmingham.gov.uk

Location map | New!Opening Times | Closure Details for Public Holidays

Birmingham Archives and Heritage online catalogue - learn more


Our Service is split into two areas
:

Open Access Area for printed local and family history, genealogy, maps, local newspapers

Current open access area opening times:
Mon – Fri 9am – 8pm, Sat 9am – 5pm, Sun Closed

New open access area opening times for floor 6 from 25th July 2011

Wednesday 9am – 8pm
Thursday 9am – 8pm
Friday 9am – 8pm
Saturday 9am – 5pm

More information on revised opening arrangements


Archives Searchroom for archival collections, photographs, early printed material ( Reader’s Ticket required )

From Monday 25th July it will be essential to book an appointment to use the archives searchroom.

We will offer two sessions each day, 10am – 1pm, 2pm – 5pm, (and 5pm – 8pm on Thursdays ), closing for lunch between 1pm – 2pm.

Appointments can be made via email at: archives.appointments@birmingham.gov.uk

Or by telephone : 0121 303 2468

Archives Searchroom opening times:
Mon - Closed, Tuesday - Closed, Wednesday 10am – 5pm, Thursday 10am – 8pm, Friday 10am – 5pm, Saturday 10am – 1pm, Sunday Closed

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What's new in Archives and Heritage?

Important notices

New! Revised Opening Arrangements


Parish Registers

A list of the Anglican parish registers held by Birmingham Archives and Heritage is now available below. If you are planing a visit to use the parish registers, please check the attached document to see if you need to book a microfilm reader or make an appointment to use the archive searchroom.

Parish Registers at Archives and Heritage

 (Size: 215 Kb Type: PDF )

Irish Newspaper Archives

We have been given a free trail of the Irish Newspaper Archives at www.irishnewsarchive.com This free trial is for about 4 months.


Genealogy Paid Research Service

Birmingham Archives and Heritage are no longer able to offer a paid genealogy research service. This is due to our current genealogist leaving her post, which will result in the post being vacant for the foreseeable future. We are sorry for the inconvenience this will cause.

We are happy to handle basic genealogical queries, for example, advising you what records we hold and making recommendations for your visit. These can be directed by e-mail to archives.heritage@birmingham.gov.uk, or by post to the address above.
More information about family history research.

Access to archive collections in off-site storage

Please note that the following archival collections are now stored off-site and are unavailable:

MS 944 Records of Severn Trent Water Company
WMCC Records of West Midlands County Council
MS 2680 Records of Webster & Horsfall Ltd., spring steel wire manufacturers

For more details, please follow this link: Access to archive collections in off-site storage

Archives and Heritage Document of the Month

'Bulletin - Birmingham Public Libraries May 1963


Camera use in Birmingham Library and Archives

From 1st April 2011, Birmingham Library and Archives will introduce a small charge for self-service photography of library and archive material. This charge is being introduced to ensure compliance with copyright legislation. Users wishing to take photographs with their own camera can purchase a day permit from the enquiry counter. The charge for a day permit is £2.00. More details about using a camera in Archives and Heritage

Self Service

This is now in place for General Register Office [GRO] indexes, the International Genealogical Index [IGI] and Census returns. More details about self service in Archives and Heritage


Journey to your past


Now on Sale! £5 - Journey to your past: a guide to family history sources. Purchase your copy of our new family history pack via post or from Birmingham Archives & Heritage, floor 6, Birmingham Central Library.




Events

Black History Month 2011 - throughout October

Lunctime Local History Lectures - Every second Tuesday of the month between 1-2pm



The Birmingham Archives & Heritage online catalogue is now available |learn more|

Search the online catalogue now:

http://calmview.birmingham.gov.uk




Archives and Heritage-Document of the month

Newsletters - Read all our latest news in the Archives and Heritage Newsletter

The British Organ Archive is moving
The British Organ Archive [administered by BIOS] is moving to a new home in the Cadbury Research Library at Birmingham University. This Collection is now closed to the public until the move has been completed.

Want to get involved?

FOBAH
Want to get involved? Become a Friend of Birmingham Archives and Heritage -www.fobah.org.uk


Information You Need

What to do before you visit: Planning your visit, User’s Checklist

Archives & Heritage on floor 6 is split into two areas:

The Open Access Area has printed local and family history sources: Open Access Area, Family History, Local History, Maps

The Archives Searchroom has archival collections, photographs, early printed material: Our collections in Archives and Heritage, Archives Searchroom - about us, Access to Closed Records, Archives - Ticket Requirements

From Monday 25th July it will be essential to book an appointment to use the archives searchroom.

We will offer two sessions each day, 10am – 1pm, 2pm – 5pm, (and 5pm – 8pm on Thursdays ), closing for lunch between 1pm – 2pm.

Appointments can be made via email at: archives.appointments@birmingham.gov.ukor by telephone : 0121 303 2468

We welcome enquiries about our services and the records in our care. Please follow the links for information about how we will handle your enquiries: Genealogy and Family History, Archives and Heritage Enquiry Service

For information about Outreach and online heritage resources generated using our collections, please follow the links: Archives and Heritage Projects and Outreach, Our Collections in Archives and Heritage