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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.

Starting your house history

Before you come in -

  • do your homework - collect as much information as you can about the house from old deeds and local people. Find out whether it had ever had a different use such as a school or chapel because this can affect the types of records that you use.
  • ask a local expert - many towns and villages in Gloucestershire have a local history society so someone might have already investigated the history of your house.  You can find information about these societies from the Gloucestershire Local History Association.
  • read a book - there are several books about house history that will give you information about the range of sources that can help you find out about your house.
  • go on a course.
  • decide what you want to do - do you want to find out when your house was built or do you want to try to discover who lived there before you?  You can research both!
  • check the Online catalogue - this shows the sources available for your area. If you find references to original documents you would like to see you can pre-order them so they are ready for you when you arrive.

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