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.

100th anniversary of women voting in a general election


On the 14th December 1918 women voted for the first time in a general election. 8.5 million women were eligible to vote, providing they were over 30 and they or their husbands were an occupier of property.

Gloucestershire County Council's cross party task group were keen to see this 100th anniversary recognised. Archives staff and volunteers have produced this slideshow of great Gloucestershire achievers to celebrate this.

We have focused on women who are no longer living, but would like to extend it to include major achievers who are still alive today. If you have any suggestions with reasons why you feel other great Gloucestershire achievers (living or dead) should be celebrated, please contact We plan to keep a permanent record in Gloucestershire Archives and to produce a second slide show during 2019/20.

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