Hidden Wolverhampton - City Archives

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As historical venues across the Black Country prepare to open their doors for Heritage Open Day, we go behind the scenes at the Wolverhampton Archives, which holds over 30,000 photographs related to the city.

The former 18th century mansion house once belonged to the Molineux family and part of the grounds were later sold to Wolverhampton Wanderers to build their football stadium.

The City Archives houses a wealth of materials relating to the history of all areas now within the city of Wolverhampton including Bilston, Bushbury, Penn, Tettenhall and Wednesfield.

The Archives' vast collections include maps, books, census returns, newspapers, records from local schools, churches, clubs, societies and businesses, electoral registers, and indexes to births, deaths and marriages.

  • Dozens of Black Country sites to open doors for heritage event

There are also over 30,000 photographs, plus films, sound recordings and memorabilia.

Video journalist Nicky Butler took a look around the exhibitions at the Grade II listed building.

As the series continues tomorrow, we go behind the scenes at the Light House, the former Chubb factory, which is Wolverhampton's only independent cinema and, on Thursday, you can watch our interview with the Mayor of Wolverhampton, Cllr Milkinder Jaspal, at his parlour.

Finally, on Friday, we take a look at The Grand Theatre, which has hosted many big names since it was built in 1894 by Architect Charles J. Phipps.

On the first day of the series, we took a guided tour of the Barnhurst Sewage Works to see how the waste from over 1,300 homes across the city is treated.

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