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Gloucestershire Archives celebrates with Heritage Hub partners

Published
26.02.2016

Gloucestershire Archives and partners have celebrated the Heritage Lottery Fund grant that will make their £2.8 million 'For the Record' project a reality.

Following the announcement of the Heritage Lottery Fund grant in December last year, they celebrated their £1.1 million success yesterday (25th February) and formally launched the project's building and activity programmes at a special event with staff and volunteers.

The project will create a new Heritage Hub that will run from the Archives' Alvin Street premises in Gloucester.  The Hub will support local people and groups to access, gather, keep and share documents that tell the story of Gloucestershire's unique history.     

Planned activities include training and volunteering opportunities for local people and communities across Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire.

One of the groups that will benefit from Hub support is the Gloucestershire Society for Industrial Archaeology. The new project room will provide suitable work space for the team of volunteers who sort and log documents relating to the county's manufacturing history. They will be able to meet other like minded groups in the Hub, and hone their skills with training modules delivered in the on- site training suite.  

Cllr Ray Theodoulou, deputy leader of Gloucestershire County Council said, "I would like to take this opportunity to thank staff, partners and volunteers who have worked tirelessly to make this project a reality.  We're looking forward to joining up with a wide range of individuals, groups and communities to take the project forward."

'For the Record' partners include Gloucestershire Family History Society, Gloucestershire Constabulary, the Diocese of Gloucester, the Friends of Gloucestershire Archives, South Gloucestershire Council, Messier Bugatti Dowty and many community groups throughout Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire.

Stephen Haygarth, chair of Friends of Gloucestershire Archives, said, "We are very pleased this project now has the funding to start shaping the future of the archives.Many of our members are volunteers, and we felt the obvious way the Friends of Gloucestershire Archives  could support and  contribute was for us help raise some of the necessary funds to get this project going. Thank you to everyone who has donated so far."

David Howells, chairman of Gloucestershire Family History Society, said, "Gloucestershire Family History Society has been working closely with Gloucestershire Archives for many years, in particular for the last five years since we moved adjacent to their building. We will be the first point of contact for people beginning their family history journey at Gloucestershire Heritage Hub.  And we will have better facilities to support these new researchers, as well as people who are already well underway on their journey of discovery. It's a very exciting time for us!"

Steve Blake, chair of Gloucestershire Local History Association, said, "We believe that the creation of the 'Heritage Hub' will provide an ideal opportunity for the many local history organisations across the county to work together to promote the study of local history.  The enhanced facilities at the new 'Hub' will help to encourage people to become involved in the history of their own communities, and we very much look forward to welcoming new faces."

Martin Surl, Gloucestershire Police and Crime Commissioner, said, "The police archive strand of 'For the Record' shows what Gloucestershire Constabulary has provided to the people of Gloucestershire throughout its history, and will enable us to reflect both past and present policing. The new website will mean everyone can share the rich archive of the force, from its inception in 1839 right the way through to present day.  And it will offer a fascinating insight into policing in Gloucestershire over 177 years."

John Herring, former site projects manager & site risk representative of Messier-Bugatti-Dowty (MBD) said, "Messier-Bugatti-Dowty is very pleased to have sponsored and endorsed the 'For the Record' project at Gloucester Archives and warmly congratulates the team on winning their Heritage Lottery Funding bid."

Rebecca Phillips Pastoral Officer for the Diocese of Gloucester,  said, "Parish Churches have been part of people's lives in one form or another for hundreds of years, which is why the Diocese can provide a core set of records to every community in Gloucestershire. We are delighted that this project secures the future of these archives for generations to come."

To find out more about 'For the Record' please visit www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/archives/fortherecord  

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