Community History in Telford & Wrekin

The Community History Centre at the Wellington Library (01952 382990) holds the main collection for Telford & Wrekin including the Wellington Journal on microfilm; Ordnance Survey and tithe maps.

 Digital history – ‘Telford Our New Towncreating a digital archive’. Photographs, and films showing Telford’s development from the 1960s-1980s on the digital table at Southwater Library. Digitised editions of the Dawley/Telford Observer are searchable on computers at Southwater and Wellington 1963 – 1984.

 Events see the library website for details of current events

Volunteer Drop-In: Help getting you started with your family or local history searches:

Wellington Library – Fridays 11 am – 12:30 pm.

Southwater Library Thursdays 11 am – 12:30 pm.

Library members have free access to Ancestry Library and Find My Past – the Shropshire Collection on Library computers.

 Virtual Library: contains a Community History section providing details about what is held in our libraries including a range of online reference resources accessible from home.

Shropshire Archives

Shropshire Archives is the archives and local studies service for the historic county of Shropshire, which includes the Borough of Telford and Wrekin.  As well as 5 ½ miles of shelving holding local material from 12th century charters right up to yesterday’s Shropshire Star, the Service works closely with library services and voluntary societies to co-ordinate local studies provision.

The service is open to researchers Wednesday – Friday 10am-4pm, and on the first Saturday in the month 10am-4pm. As well as helpful staff, volunteers from Shropshire Family History Society are on hand from 10am-1pm, whenever the service is open.

Shropshire Archives, Castle Gates, SHREWSBURY, SY1 2AQ

Telephone: 0345 678 9096


Web site:

There are other libraries within the Borough of Telford & Wrekin with local studies collections. The Library of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust is an excellent resource for those researching the local mining and iron-working industries, transport and the decorative arts. It currently holds around 40,000 books and over 200 archival collections. Access is by appointment with the Curator.

Telephone: 01952 432141


British Association for Local History

The forum is a member of BALH