Building works affecting Gloucestershire Archives

We currently have builders on site. Before your visit, please check the latest information about opening hours and parking. You will need to order your documents before you visit.

Christmas & New Year opening hours

Good news! The Archives will remain open until 4.30 pm on Thursday 21 December 2017 when we will close for the Christmas break. We will re-open at 9.00 am on Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

We will be closing for two weeks to move into the newly refurbished Heritage Hub in the new year. We will announce the firm dates as soon as we have them.

Adding to Gloucestershire Archives' collections

We aim to locate, collect and preserve archives, books and other published sources which are of historical significance to Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire.

We accept a wide range of items ranging from records created by the County Council to those belonging to private individuals.

We select material according to our  Appraisal [168kb],  Collections Development [162kb] and  Disposal [121kb] policies:

By prior appointment we can accept records as either a gift (our preferred option) or on long term loan as a deposit.

Our  acquisitions leaflet [287kb] and the information sheet for donors and depositors [53kb] give more details on this and on access and copyright issues.

Please contact the collections management team to make an appointment before bringing in any material.

We can offer advice on which records to keep and for how long, as well as guidance on how to keep them safely. If you would like to discuss your records with us, please Contact us.

Are you a Circuit Archivist looking after Methodist Church Archives?  If so, you may be interested in new retention guidelinesOpens new window that have been issued by the Methodist Church.

Are you involved with keeping records of a school? If so, you may be interested in the Information and Records Management Society’s free Toolkit for Schools.

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