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Local history resources
Birmingham, and the Black Country as a whole, has a rich history that will surely be of interest to Aston students and the following resources may act as a good starting point for research into the local area.
Birmingham Archives and Collections
Birmingham Archives and Collections collects and preserves both original and printed records of historical significance relating to the City of Birmingham, its people, businesses, institutions and societies.
Britain today is commonly portrayed as a multicultural nation. However, the diverse historical experiences which constitute the story of this ‘new’ Britain are less well known. The history of the West Midlands in the 20th century is central to this story but the stories that make up this history remain largely hidden in archive collections. Connecting Histories aims to release the potential of these collections so that connections can be made between the past and the present and thereby encourage debate about our shared identities, our common sense of belonging and our multiple heritages.
Guides to sources- The Library of Birmingham
On this page you will find guides to the sources we hold here in Birmingham Archives & Heritage. We will be updating these and adding new source guides as we release more catalogues, so watch this space.
Walsall local history centre
Our archive collections contain original records from the middle ages to the 21st century. These include the records of Walsall Corporation and Walsall Council and its predecessors, churches, schools, businesses, societies, individuals and organisations.
Wolverhampton City Archives
Documents available include books, maps, plans; over 30,000 photographs; records of local churches, schools and other institutions; records of the city council and its predecessors; and records of local industries, clubs and societies.
Birmingham public libraries
We would recommend that history students join Birmingham City Council libraries. Not only will you have access to the iconic Library of Birmingham building and local libraries, there are also a number of databases that would be of interest to history students such as; British Library Newspapers, Infotrac Newstand, Midlands Historical Data, Oxford Dictionary of Historical Biography and The Times Digital Archive 1785-1985. Some of these databases may be available online whilst others may only be accessible within Birmingham public libraries. For a full list of resources and links on becoming a member then visit their site here.