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First Saturday of the month

Remember we'll be open on the first Saturday of the month between 9.00am and 4.30pm! Please remember to prebook your documents as usual. There's plenty to do - see our news page for details of exciting events planned for the day.

Gloucestershire Family History Society closed 20/02/2020

Sorry for the short notice but due to the bad weather the Thursday Gloucestershire Family History Society volunteers are unable to get in. Hopefully the GFHS will be open again on Friday. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Mission statement and policy documents

What we do, and why we do it

Motto: Information Matters, Heritage Counts

Mission: Keeping information safe, accurate and accessible.  


Gloucestershire Archives is part of Gloucestershire County Council's Core Council Cluster. Working with our Information Management colleagues, we work to keep information safe, accurate and accessible throughout its lifecycle. Information is the lifeblood of the organisation and vital to the effective and efficient running of our services. Archives provide the corporate and community memory.

Gloucestershire Archives' vision is:

Spearheading a collaborative approach to gather, keep and share the documented heritage of Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire, thereby preserving the ongoing story of how we live.  We will develop appropriate storage, including pioneering innovations in digital preservation, to expertly safeguard and add to these precious treasures; and we will create a dynamic heritage hub to help people and communities make local archive collections available to future generations.

Our main Archives activities are:

Gathering - Locating and collecting archives and published sources which are of historical significance and record everyday life for the counties of Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire;

Keeping -  Expertly preserving and safeguarding unique and irreplaceable collections, some of which are recognised nationally or internationally;

Sharing - Encouraging the use, appreciation and enjoyment of archives through inclusive and welcoming public services; Making accurate information about our collections widely available.  

Collaborating - Forging ground-breaking partnerships and lasting volunteering opportunities that inspire and support local people and communities to gather, keep and share the documented heritage of Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire.

We follow a range of guiding principles when carrying out our activities.  These are summarised in the downloadable policies, standards and terms on this page.  You can also download a summary of our whole-service vision/main activities and our current business plan.

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