Wolverhampton City Archives has retained its prestigious award from the National Archives.

In 2015 the service was awarded Archive Service Accreditation status, meaning it provides an excellent standard of customer service, preserves collections in line with national standards and is a robust, sustainable service which plans and delivers ongoing improvement.

The City Archives house a wealth of material relating to the history of all parts of the City of Wolverhampton, including Bilston, Bushbury, Penn, Tettenhall and Wednesfield.

Its ever-growing collection includes 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.

New to the collection, and in partnership with the Express and Star, the City Archives now house over 8,000 Express and Star photographs, ranging from health, businesses, schools, and sport. Some can be viewed by visiting Express & Star Photo Archive.

City of Wolverhampton Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for City Economy, Councillor Stephen Simkins, said: “Congratulations to the City Archives for retaining its accreditation. It is a testament to the excellent service the team offer to residents and visitors to the city. 

“It is a valuable resource and is well utilised in the city by those wanting to research and explore the rich history that we have of Wolverhampton and its people.”

The City Archives is based at the Molineux Hotel Building on Whitmore Hill and is open on Wednesdays from 1pm to 7pm, Thursdays and Fridays from 10am to 4pm, and Saturdays from 10am to 1pm. Admission is free.

For more information about Wolverhampton Archives and Local Studies, please visit Wolverhampton Arts & Culture.