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.

Saturday opening - 3rd November


Remember that 3rd November is the first Saturday of the month - which means Gloucestershire Archives will be open as usual between 9.00am and 4.30pm.

From 10.00 you'll be able to find out all about the substantial threat insects can pose to archive collections.

  • which insect species are considered risks
  • what damage that they can do
  • how we monitor and if necessary control unwanted insects

From 2.00-4.00 pm we'll be investigating bugs, beasties and creepy crawlies

  • Find out what threatens the precious resources we look after - and how we protect them. 
  • Look at bugs close up with our powerful microscopes
  • Get crafty with some free bug-based family fun crafts

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