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.

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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