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The ARA card is coming

From the 1st April we will be asking new and existing customers to sign up for an ARA card so that you can access the unique resources held here. This card replaces any existing CARN card that you may already have.

You can find out more about the card – and register online at:  www.archivescard.com

Coronavirus update

Gloucestershire County Council are closing Gloucestershire Archives @ the Heritage Hub from Monday 23 March until further notice, due to the current issues relating to Covid-19. 

Gloucestershire Family History Society @ the Heritage Hub has also closed their service until further notice. 

Every effort will be made to continue offering essential services such as access to records for legal reasons.  Similarly, the Registration Service will continue to run a copy certificates service from the site. 

Look out for updates from the archives on social media and online.  If you have a few minutes you might like to #ExploreYourArchiveAtHome.  You can search our collections online or browse or contribute to our online mapping resource Know Your Place

We look forward to welcoming back our customers, volunteers, partners and friends in due course. 

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 the 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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