Council seeks residents who are interested in preserving Dudley town centre’s history

Dudley Council is seeking budding interviewers to become reminiscence volunteers.

People interested in heritage and local history are being sought to help gather information about the Dudley town centre area. The project forms part of the townscape heritage scheme which aims to increase appreciation of the borough’s town centres and its heritage attractions.

The council plans to gather oral information which be held at the borough’s archives, to become an invaluable source for future generations.  The collated information will ensure Dudley’s rich heritage continues to be celebrated for years to come. 

Volunteers are being recruited to encourage people with unique stories to talk about the local area – this could include historical events, well known people, industry and businesses, or their general thoughts.  Individuals will learn how to competently listen and record, and if they wish to continue with the project they can then use their skills with family, specific volunteers or groups, or even in a work context.

The council is hosting a special free training event on Saturday 14 April from 10am until 3.30pm at the Dudley Archives and Local History Centre in Tipton Road. No experience of volunteering is necessary and attendees will find out about the range of opportunities available and how volunteers would be supported and trained.

As places are limited anyone interested must book their attendance by telephoning the adult learning team on 01384 818143 or emailing


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