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Archives, Heritage and Photography

There are millions of individual items in the collections, dating from the 12th century to the present day. For safe keeping and preservation, these are stored in environmentally-controlled conditions inside the Library’s ‘golden box’.
 
To view this material you need to make an appointment by e-mailing archives.appointments@birmingham.gov.uk giving details of what you would like to view and when you would like to visit.
 
The opening hours for the Wolfson Centre for Archival Research are
 
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 8pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
 
Opening hours may differ at times of public holidays
 
Keep up with what’s happening in Archives, Heritage and Photography with our Iron Room blog and Iron Room Twitter account.

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About Archives, Heritage and Photography

The Library is home to an internationally significant collection of archives, photographs and rare books.  Find out more about our collections and resources.    
Crystal Lamp Works, Birmingham

FAQs for Archives, Heritage and Photography

Questions about collections, appointments, ID required and how to start your family history.  
Library of Birmingham Birth Certificate

Family History

Explore your family history and get assistance with census records, church records and tracing burials.
Deep Zoom in to the Warwickshire Photographic Survey

Launch of Shoothill Deep Zoom for the Warwickshire Photographic Survey

Celebrate our 1st birthday with the launch of our Shoothill Deep Zoom for the Warwickshire Photographic Survey.
John Dent Goodman, Dame Geraldine Cadbury and Christian Kunzle

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography - men and women who shaped Birmingham

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography highlights the men and women who shaped the city of Birmingham.
Detail from a game from the Parker Collection of Games

Collections A-Z

A quick reference list for more information about our collections currently featured on this website.

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Stones & Bones

Stones & Bones Exhibition

Fri 06 March 2015, 8:00am

Stones & Bones Exhibition - Volcano

Stones & Bones Curator Exhibition Tours

Sat 07 March 2015, 2:00pm

William Beveridge

British Welfare State Display

Mon 09 March 2015, 8:00am

First World War Aeroplanes

The Origins of War in the Air

Wed 25 March 2015, 1:00pm

Chinese Lives in Birmingham

We would like to wish all our customers a Happy Chinese New Year 2015

Look out for the 'Chinese Lives in Birmingham' exhibition in the Library of Birmingham in April.