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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:  www.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. 

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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