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The websites listed below are relevant to studies of the local history of Oldbury. Please contact the Webmaster if you have a relevant site for inclusion here.

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Metropolitan Borough of Sandwell Sites

Community History and Archives Service for Sandwell [CHAS], The borough's archives, with access to documents and photographs of Oldbury www.laws.sandwell.gov.uk/ccm/navigation/leisure-and-culture/local-history-and-heritage/community-history-and-archives-service
Sandwell Homefront Information relating to the homefront in WW2 in Sandwell. http://www.homefrontinsandwell.org/

Sandwell Museums Events at local museums plus photographs of paintings and the Ruskin pottery collection


Metropolitan Borough of Sandwell Information on all the current services within the borough are accessible from this page

Neighbouring Local History Sites
Birmingham and Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry: covers Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire http://www.bmsgh.org/

Quinton Local History Society. Part of Quinton township lay in Warley

Rowley Regis: A new site for Rowley under development http://rowleyvillage.webs.com

Smethwick Heritage Centre


Smethwick Local History Society

Wednesbury Local History Society http://www.wednesburyhistorysociety.co.uk/

West Bromwich Pauper Project. This is relevant to Oldbury because the town was in the West Bromwich Poor Law Union from 1837

Black Country and Local Sites
Alton Douglas: The home page of Alton Douglas - author of local history books about Birmingham and the West Midlands. http://www.altondouglas.co.uk
Birmingham Canal Navigations: The BCN have re-vamped their site, and are adding archives to the site. http://www.bcnsociety.co.uk/

Black Country History. This site has pictures from Sandwell Archives which can be accessed from the search facilities on the site using keywords such as 'Oldbury', 'Langley' etc

Black Country Living Museum


Black Country Society. The website of the society, publishers of 'Blackcountryman'. Extensive links to forums and general Black Country sites http://www.blackcountrysociety.co.uk/
Revolutionary Players: An interesting site for exploring West Midlands History through time, place, people and five themes. http://www.revolutionaryplayers.org.uk/home.stm
Staffordshire History: wide ranging site with many links http://www.staffshistory.org.uk/
Worcestershire Regimental Museum: Details of the museum housed in Worcester Museum http://www.worcestercitymuseums.org.uk/coll/worcs/worcind.htm
Workshop of the World: a project to catalogue industrial archives in the four Black Country boroughs www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/leisure_ culture/libraries/archives/workshop
National Sites
Access to Archives: a site which catalogues archives throughout the UK. It may be searched by keyword, eg 'Oldbury', and is useful for identifying documents in other archives such as Birmingham, Worcestershire and Shropshire, which are all relevant to Oldbury
Archives Hub: catalgue of documents in university libraries http://www.archiveshub.ac.uk/
British History Online: Scans of historical books including 'Victoria' County Histories http://www.british-history.ac.uk/subject.aspx?subject=5
Commonwealth War Graves Commission: searchable database on graves of servicemen http://www.cwgc.org/
Free BMD: free access to index of births, marriage and deaths 1837-1983. Links to new sites for data on census and parish register records http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/
Historical Directories: searchable scans of old trade or town directories throughout the country http://www.historicaldirectories.org/hd/
'Images of England. National Monuments Record site which records notable buildings throughout the country. Searchable by placename, each monument photographed.
National Archives: the catalogue of documents held in the National Archives at Kew, It may be searched by keyword, eg 'Oldbury www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline
Pastscape: National Monuments Record information. Searchable by placename http://pastscape.english-heritage.org.uk/


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