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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:  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. 

Finding archives relating to South Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire Archives provides an archives service for South Gloucestershire Council.

We hold many original documents relating to South Gloucestershire and you can use them in our public research room. Bristol ArchivesOpens new window also holds South Gloucestershire-related archive material, which is different from the material in Gloucestershire Archives' collections. 

You can check the whereabouts of particular records before you visit by checking the  guide to sources for South Gloucestershire (also available by clicking on "A guide to archive sources for the history of South Gloucestershire" in the download section to the right). The guide is arranged by place and subject, and gives a brief description of the records, their reference number and location. You can then use the reference number in the online catalogues for Gloucestershire Archives and Bristol Archives to find out more about the records.

You can also  download a list of items held at the Yate and District Heritage Centre.

Please have a look at our Preparing to Visit page if you'd like to view any original documents at Gloucestershire Archives.  Amongst other things, this explains how you can have your  documents ready and waiting for you as soon as you arrive.

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