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.




The Archdiocesan archives will operate again from Thursday 17th September, for the diocesan archivist only and we will be continually assessing the situation in line with Diocesan procedures and government guidance.


Access to the archives for members of the public will not be possible until 2021 and will be assessed in the New Year as the current situation develops.


Digitisation requests will be prioritised in order of Diocesan/Parish and legal needs, academic research and then assistance on family history enquiries. A fee may be applicable.


Please note that all emails will be replied during office hours and in priority order and that there is a single individual working to deal with your enquiries.


Thank you for your understanding.


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.


GDPR and DPA 2018


At this time, the Birmingham Archdiocesan Archives are undertaking a review of all collections to ensure that material is held in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulations and the Data Protection Act 2018 for archived material. Due to the substantial quantity of material held in the archive, this is an ongoing and active task and so, for a while, the database may not accurately reflect the accessible status of a collection or item.


We do not wish for this process to unduly disrupt researchers but we ask that you be aware that a request for access to certain material may have to be denied if it has been deemed likely “to cause substantial damage or substantial distress to a data subject”.


We thank you for your co-operation and understanding in this matter.


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.