Warwickshire: Local History Resources

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Warwickshire is a county located in the West Midlands region of England. It’s famous for being the birthplace of William Shakespeare, and for the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Cities And Towns Of Warwickshire

There are no cities in Warwickshire, although some of the county’s historic records are kept in the West Midlands county cities of Birmingham and Coventry.

Warwickshire is not in Birmingham because Warwickshire is a county and Birmingham is a city in the county of West Midlands. However, both are in a region of England called the West Midlands, which contains the counties of West Midlands, Warwickshire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, and Worcestershire.

The towns of Warwickshire, by size of population, include

  • Nuneaton
  • Rugby
  • Royal Leamington Spa
  • Warwick
  • Bedworth
  • Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Kenilworth
  • Atherstone
  • Polesworth
  • Whitnash
  • Kingsbury
  • Alcester
  • Southam
  • Coleshill
  • Studley
  • Bulkington
  • Wellesbourne
  • Bidford-on-Avon
  • Shipston-on-Stour

Is Warwick and Warwickshire the same place? Warwick is a university town located in the county of Warwickshire, but the county is a large area also containing many other towns and villages. 

Local History On Facebook

Facebook groups are a great way to discuss old photos, maps and videos about local history with other people, and inspire many to share their memories of the area. 

The Facebook groups set up to discuss local history in Warwickshire include:

  • Alcester & District Local History Society
  • Chaddesley Corbett Local History Society
  • Kenilworth History and Archaeology Society
  • Lillington Local History Society
  • Nuneaton Local History Group

Local History Resources

The list of UK resources for local history and family history enthusiasts is long and has been placed on a separate page.

In Warwickshire, the following societies, sites and organisations focus on some part of the county’s history:

  • Alcester & District Local History Society
  • Anne Hathaway’s Cottage
  • Arbury Hall
  • Archbishop’s House, Archdiocese of Birmingham Catholic Repository
  • Baddesley Clinton
  • Bedworth Heritage Centre
  • Birmingham and Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry (BMSGH)
  • Birmingham Central Library
  • Birmingham City Archives
  • Charlecote Park
  • Chilvers Coton Heritage Centre
  • Compton Verney House
  • Coughton Court
  • Coventry Archives
  • Coventry Central Library
  • Coventry Family History Society
  • Dugdale Society
  • Farnborough Hall
  • Hall’s Croft
  • Harvard House and the Museum of British Pewter
  • Henley-in-Arden Heritage Centre
  • Heritage Motor Centre
  • Kenilworth Abbey Barn Museum
  • Kenilworth Castle & Elizabethan Garden
  • Kenilworth History and Archaeology Society
  • Lichfield Record Office
  • Lunt Roman Fort
  • Market Hall, Warwick
  • Mary Arden’s Farm / Palmer’s Farm
  • Midland Air Museum
  • Midland Ancestors
  • Midlands Historical Data
  • Nash’s House
  • North Arden Local History Society
  • Nuneaton and North Warwickshire Family History Society
  • Nuneaton Local History Group
  • Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery
  • Packwood House
  • Plantasia and Maze World
  • Polesworth Local History Group
  • Polesworth Society
  • Queen’s Own Hussars Museum
  • Ragley Hall
  • Roman Alcester
  • Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Museum (Royal Warwickshire)
  • Rugby Art Gallery and Museum
  • Rugby Family History Group
  • Rugby School Museum
  • Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Records Office
  • Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall
  • Solihull Central Library, Local Studies Collection
  • St John’s House
  • Stoneleigh Abbey
  • Stratford Armouries
  • Sutton Coldfield Library, Local Studies Service
  • The University of Warwick Modern Records Centre
  • Tudor World
  • Upton House
  • Warwick Castle
  • Warwickshire Ancestors Project
  • Warwickshire County Record Office
  • Warwickshire Family History Society
  • Warwickshire Industrial Archaeology Society
  • Warwickshire – Library and Information Service
  • Warwickshire Local History Society
  • Warwickshire Registration Services
  • Webb Ellis Rugby Football Museum
  • Wellesbourne Wartime Museum
  • West Midlands BMD
  • Witchcraft and Wizardology Museum
  • Worcester County Record Office

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