Birmingham Archives & Collections is the professional archives service for Birmingham City Council and maintains a repository for the storage and custody of its own records and any records deposited with it, and, which has the following statutory powers:
to contain the official and public archives of the Council and has been appointed by the Lord Chancellor as the local place of deposit for certain classes of central government archives under the Public Records Acts 1958 and 1967.
is approved by the master of the rolls for the deposit of manorial and other documents.
has been appointed by the Bishop of Birmingham as a Diocesan Record Office for diocesan and parochial records.
is empowered under the Local Government (Records) Act 1962 to accept privately owned records by way of donation, purchase, or deposit.
All records received are held for the benefit of the public.
In addition to our archival holdings, we also hold significant special collections which include an extensive local studies collection, the Shakespeare Collection, photography collections, and an early and fine print collection.
Alongside the core activities of customer service and developing collections, Archives & Collections at the Library of Birmingham makes important contributions to the city in areas such as skills and employability, community engagement, health and wellbeing, and tourism.
Archives & Collections enrich our understanding of the present through an appreciation of the past. They connect us to our families, our homes and the places where we live and work. They foster and promote a sense of place and community.
As the Archives & Collections Service for the City of Birmingham we are committed to making the unique and precious collections - written and digital, images, maps, film and other media – accessible and relevant to everyone.
Birmingham Archives & Collections continues to collect documents, in all forms, that will tell the story of today for people in the future. To make this possible, we ensure that significant records, whether in traditional or digital format are: actively collected and described, are preserved for future generations, are accessible and set in a context that helps customers understand them, as well as fulfilling their valuable role in providing evidence for legal and other official purposes.
Birmingham Archives & Collections operates two customer service areas on level 4 of the Library of Birmingham: The Heritage Research Area (HRA), an open access area where customers have immediate access to resources held on the floor and the Wolfson Centre for Archival Research, the archives and special collections reading room. For details on how to access collections please see: Related Pages - Archives, Heritage and Photography.
Policies for Archives & Collections will soon be available on the right-hand side of this page.