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Family & Local History

If you are interested in researching your family or local history, the starting point should be to ask family members for details they can remember, such as names and dates of birth of family members. Information about where relatives lived is important, and any documentary evidence, such as photographs with names on, certificates, or a family bible, can provide a good start.

You then need to think about where you might find documentary evidence such as historic census returns or parish registers of births, deaths and marriages.

The Town Council does not hold any registers or historic census returns for Madeley parish. However, documentation can be found at a number of local venues or online.

New – Digitised photographs of Madeley in years gone by are available to view on the Focus on Madeley website

Shropshire Archives:  Shropshire Council, Castle Gates, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 2AQ;


Web Site:

Telephone: 0345 678 9096

Opening hours

Wednesday                 10am-4pm

Thursday                     10am-4pm

Friday                          10am-4pm

Saturday                      10am-4pm (first in the month)

(All documents must be ordered in advance on Saturdays).  (check on their website)


Shropshire Archives holds an extensive collection of documents, books, maps, photographs, plans and drawings relating to Shropshire. It includes:-

They also have records of businesses, hospitals, local organizations and individuals as well as an extensive local studies reference collection. You can check availability of documents in their online catalogue.

Documents can be ordered in advance so they are ready when you visit. To look at certain archives or rare material, including electoral registers, photographs, pamphlets, and some newspapers, you will need a Shropshire Archives Reader’s Ticket. This is free but you have to go along with suitable ID and two passport-style photos to get a ticket or register online.


Community History Centre, Wellington Library: Telford & Wrekin Council, Customer & People Services, Wellington Civic Centre, Larkin Way, Telford, TF1 1LX.



Telephone: 01952 382990

Opening hours

Monday            10am – 5pm*
Tuesday           10am – 5pm*
Wednesday      Self issue only*
Thursday          10am – 5pm*
Friday               10am – 5pm*
Saturday           10am – 1pm*
Sunday             Self issue only*

*Self issue available outside these hours Monday to Sunday when leisure centre is open.


The most extensive collection of local history held by Telford & Wrekin Council is located in the Community History Centre at Wellington Library. It holds copies of the records, covering the areas and communities now within Telford & Wrekin borough, on microfilm or fiche formats.

These can be viewed on two fiche/film reader/printers. If you wish to use one of these machines, please contact Wellington Library to book a place. The use of the machines is free.

Both and Find My Past (Shropshire Collection) can be accessed free at any Telford & Wrekin Council library with library membership.

Our Community History volunteers are available at drop-in sessions twice a week at Wellington Library on Fridays 11am – 12.30pm and Southwater Library on Thursdays 11am – 12.30pm.

If you want help on starting to research family history, they also run Ancestry taster sessions at other libraries, including Madeley. Call 01952 382950 for details.


IGMT Library: Museum Library & Archives, Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, Coach Road, Coalbrookdale, Shropshire TF8 7DQ.



Telephone: 01952 432141

Opening hours

Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. (prior appointment only)

This is a private library which includes material on the history of the iron industry, bridge building, civil engineering, brick and tile manufacture, coal mining, the pottery and porcelain industries, railways, canals, the social history of the East Shropshire Coalfield and all other subjects represented at the Museum’s sites. Special collections include the Elton Collection, strong on images of industry, and a collection devoted to the life and work of Thomas Telford. Some archive material is also held, mainly relating to the Darby family and local firms such as the Coalbrookdale Company, the Lilleshall Company, the Horsehay Company and Maw & Co.

To make an appointment to visit, please contact the Museum Library in writing at the main Museum address, or by telephone. Proof of identity will be required on a first visit.


Park Lane Centre: Park Lane, Woodside, Telford, TF7 5QZ



Telephone: 01952 683700

They hold a small collection of material about the Woodside estate and it can be consulted by appointment.


Shropshire Caving and Mining Club



Website contains useful historical information relating to mines, mining history and other underground features in Shropshire and surrounding areas.

A regular contributor to their magazine who is very knowledgeable about mining in the Madeley area is Dr Ivor Brown 95 Manygates Lane, Sandal, Wakefield, W. Yorkshire, WF2 7DL.


Shropshire Family History Society:



Telephone 01691 653316

Members have access to genealogical information held in their library and on microfiche. They also hold meetings and talks where you can meet other people interested in family and local history.

There is a membership form online.


Wrekin Local Studies Forum (WLSF)



Email:  Darren Blackburn (secretary) –

WLSF brings together local groups and individuals interested in local history in the Telford & Wrekin area. Useful website if you want to find out where local groups operate in the area.