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Coronavirus update

We're pleased to announce that from the 4th August Gloucestershire Archives will re-open to the public.  We've had to make some changes to the way we work, and you can see more details about our new arrangements on our Covid recovery page.

You will need to book your documents in advance.

At the moment Gloucestershire Family History Society remains closed.

If you're not able to make it in, have a look at Gloucestershire Heritage Hub for ideas and links to help you #ExploreYourArchiveAtHome.

Access to Gloucestershire resources on Ancestry for free

While Gloucestershire Libraries and Gloucestershire Family History Society’s research rooms are closed to the public during the Covid-19 pandemic, customers have been unable to access digitised copies of Gloucestershire records free of charge. We’ve been working with Ancestry and can now provide free access to Gloucestershire’s digitised resources until they can welcome you back. Please use this link to access them.

Caring for your own archive

Advice on how you can preserve your own records

  • Your records are unique and irreplaceable
  • Treat with great care as they may be easily damaged
  • Avoid exposing to heat, dampness and direct sunlight
  • Please make sure that people do not eat or drink near the documents, and that any tabletops and surfaces used are thoroughly clean and dry beforehand
  • Handle with care.  If hands are clean and dry before handling, gloves are not necessary.  Otherwise wear clean cotton, vinyl or latex gloves
  • Open books carefully, and only as far as the binding will allow without forcing.  Close books when not in use
  • Keep items in archival quality packaging, as this will help protect the records from damage and preserve them for the future
  • Use only pencil to make notes
  • Never try to repair anything yourself
  • Download guidance on caring for a wide range of materials from the Institute of Conservation - how to care for series
  • Use the Conservation Register to find an accredited conservator
  • Check out the downloads attached to this page
  • For guidance on keeping and storing records, including what you need to keep, see Adding to Gloucestershire Archives’ Collections
  • Contact us

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