Welcome

Come and see us in person to undertake research on our site. To prepare for your visit and learn about our Covid-secure measures please see here 

Christmas and New Year arrangements

We will close to the public on 24th December at 4.30pm, reopening on 4th January 2022 at 9am. Customers wishing to visit during the first week of January, please send in your pre-orders as soon as possible, no later than 24th December 2021.

The Know your Place website

Please note that the Know Your Place website will be unavailable between 9am and 2pm on Saturday 16 October

Mission statement and policy documents

What we do, and why we do it

Gloucestershire Archives is part of Gloucestershire County Council’s Corporate Resources Directorate.  Archives matter:  they are our unique, authentic, trustworthy, collective memory; they underpin our identities, and support informed decision-making, transparency and accountability. 

Motto:  evidence, memory, trust

Our Vision is to gather, keep and share documentary evidence relating to Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire for everyone for ever. 

Our Mission is to lead a collaborative approach to expertly safeguard and develop our unique collections, to make them widely accessible to engage, educate and empower as many people as possible, now and in the future. We will address cataloguing and conservation backlogs; adopt a more proactive, inclusive approach to collecting; progress pioneering innovations in digital preservation; and develop new ways of engaging with audiences.   

Our main 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 on this page.  You can also download a summary of our current business plan.

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