The Catholic Archdicese of Birmingham Archives

Birmingham Archiocesan ArchivesWelcome to the Birmingham Archdiocesan Archives


Welcome to the website of the Archives of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham in the United Kingdom; we hope you find it informative.


Please be aware the archive will be closed from Friday 14th December 2018 – Wednesday 9th January 2019. There will be no one available to check enquiries during this time, all enquiries will be dealt with on the archivists return.


Searching the index


Please use our search facility to identify records of interest to you. Documents on the index are not available to view on line and must be researched in person. Unfortunately, we cannot undertake research of any kind on your behalf, but if you go to our Resources page, there are the contact details of independent researchers.


Our Collections


We hold the episcopal and administrative records of the Midland District (1688-1840), the Central District (1840-1850), the Diocese of Birmingham (1850-1911), and the Archdiocese of Birmingham (1911–present).


We are the repository for all the parishes in the Archdiocese, which comprises the ancient counties of Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Oxfordshire.


Other collections include the archives of St Mary’s College, Oscott, Sedgley Park School and Cotton College, and Besford Court School.


Read more about the records we hold.


Who are we for?

  • Undergraduate and postgraduate degree students
  • Academic researchers
  • Local historians
  • Parish historians
  • Teachers
  • Family historians

It is necessary to make an appointment by letter, telephone or e-mail before visiting; casual visitors are not admitted. ID (including address) must be produced on a first visit.

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