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.

International recognition


International recognition by UNESCO


A unique African slave song written down by 18th century anti-slavery campaigner Granville Sharp  has been added to the UNESCO Memory of the World register.  The words of the song let us hear the voices of enslaved people working in the sugar plantations of Barbados.   Sharp’s papers came to Gloucestershire through the marriage of his niece to local man Thomas J Lloyd Baker of Hardwicke. 

You can find out more about this amazing document which is featured in this month's edition of the BBC's Who Do You Think You Are magazine.

And you can listen to a recording by  the music expert Roger Gibbs, who nominated the document for inclusion in the register.

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