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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 at 4.30 pm on Wednesday 28th February 2018 to move into the newly refurbished Heritage Hub. We will be reopening at 9.00 am on 13 March 2018.

Cheltenham Local and Family and History Centre

For anyone who wants to know about past and present life in the Cheltenham area.

  • The Centre can be used at any time when Cheltenham Library is open
  • It is helpful to contact the library (01242 532693) in advance of your visit so that staff can advise you or retrieve material ready for your visit

Books

Wide range of books and pamphlets about Cheltenham and the surrounding area

  • Cheltenham guide books dating from 1781
  • Cheltenham electoral rolls from 1892-2001
  • Borough Council minutes from 1896
  • Victoria County History of Gloucestershire and other standard histories of Gloucestershire 

Newspapers (usually on microfilm)

  • Cheltenham Chronicle 1809-1983
  • Cheltenham Examiner 1839-1899 - Index available - Thanks to Cheltenham Local History Society
  • Cheltenham Looker-On 1833-1920
  • Gloucestershire Echo from 1884 to the present day
  • Other Cheltenham newspapers are available - please check the newspapers list for more titles

Maps

  • Maps and plans of Cheltenham dating from 1810 to the present
  • Selection of local Ordnance Survey maps at 25 inches to mile/1:2500 on microfiche
  • Selection of local Ordnance Survey maps at 6 inches to mile/1:10,000
  • Cheltenham Goad maps from 1976 to present day

Directories

  • Cheltenham street directories and annuaires, 1837-1975
  • County directories on microfiche, 1820-1939

Photographs and prints

  • Varied collection of photographs including aerial views, historic buildings, Second World War bomb damage, 1930s views by Hugo Van Wadenoyen and a small collection of early prints 

Periodicals

  • Cheltenham Local History Society - Journal
  • Charlton Kings Local History Society - Bulletins
  • Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society
  • Cotswold Life

World War 1

  • Cheltenham absent voters' lists, 1920, 1921 (Spring & Autumn) and 1925 (see downloadable document to the right)

 Cheltenham Local History Society

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