Coronavirus update

We’re pleased to welcome pre-booked researchers and volunteers.   Please see details of our new arrangements on our Preparing to Visit page.

You will need to book your documents in advance.

Gloucestershire Family History Society will re-open in September for pre-booked visits.

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.

For the Record

A collaborative approach to gathering, keeping and sharing the documented heritage of Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire.

What's involved?

The "For the Record" project will develop facilities and capacity for looking after the historic county of Gloucestershire's documented history - records that already exist and those that will be created over time.  It will help to make this information, held in a variety of formats that currently range from parchment to mini discs, available to the public on an ongoing basis.

We are working with partners to build three further strong rooms for the hard copy documents we'll need to look after in future, preserve and improve access to records that are 'born digital' and create a new facility: Gloucestershire Heritage Hub, which will operate from our Alvin Street premises. 


Our vision for Gloucestershire Heritage Hub

We want to build a network of local people and organisations with a common interest in our historic county's documented history, benefiting from Hub facilities at Alvin Street and a Hub website, and supporting each other to gather, keep and share their personal and community archives.


What's happening at the moment?

We're currently working on the "For the Record" building and activity programmes.

We've completed the new strong rooms and reconfigured part of the Archives' main building to create Gloucestershire Heritage Hub premises - a shared space where key partners are now able to support people to undertake research and work with archives. We've started work on the new training room, adjacent to our main building.  We hope to have everything completed by August 2019.

The project's activity programme offers a range of learning, participation, training and volunteering opportunities for local people and communities.   Some of them are already underway like our pilot volunteer training programme, digital preservation work, Gloucestershire Police Archive project and Dowty Heritage project


Is there anything for me to see?

If you're coming on-site, please remember to check our news section to get the most up-to-date information about how changes to our services will affect your visit.

We're writing regular stories on our blogOpens new window, so you can easily keep up with how the project's developing.  We'll also be sharing updates on displays in the Archives' coffee lounge and reception areas.

You can discover more about the 'For the Record' project on our getting to grips with "For the Record" page.

If you'd like to receive quarterly updates from the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub about our "For the Record" project, please email


How can I help?

Thank you to all those who have generously supported the project to date, including the Heritage Lottery Fund, project partners and over 250 organisations, trusts, community groups and individuals. As a result the building work is well under way.  You can see the latest pictures from the project on our blog.

Our current fundraising activities are focused on the final stages of the project – fitting out the building, the community garden, and our programme of activities.  So if you can, make a donation to the campaign being led by our Friends organisation. 

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