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Coronavirus update

We're pleased to announce that from the 4th August Gloucestershire Archives will re-open to the public.  We've had to make some changes to the way we work, and you can see more details about our new arrangements on our Covid recovery page.

You will need to book your documents in advance.

At the moment Gloucestershire Family History Society remains closed.

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.

Three Choirs @ Gloucestershire Archives 2019 events


Egdon Heath, from Highways and Byways in Dorset, by Sir Frederick Treves (1906)

We have two free talks on site during Three Choirs week, as follows:

Monday 29th July 2019 @ 11:00-12:00pm 

Music in Gloucestershire Archives 

Gloucestershire Archives looks after a large and varied collection of music related material. Highlights include the archive of Ivor Gurney, poet and composer and a slaves’ work song heard in the sugar plantations of Barbados and now on the United Nations Memory of the World register.

Less well known material includes an illuminated fragment of medieval religious music; archives of musical clubs and societies; and programmes for private concerts performed in some of the county’s most famous houses. 

Archivist Helen Timlin will highlight aspects of Gloucestershire's rich musical heritage as represented in the County Archive.  Plus optional “behind the scenes” tour, 12.00-12.30.


Wednesday 31st July 2019 @ 2:00-3:00pm

Holst and Hardy: Music and Landscape 

Gloucestershire composer Gustav Holst thought that his best work was not The Planets, but Egdon Heath, a short tone poem which had baffled audiences. Many composers have tried to depict landscapes, real or imaginary, in musical terms, but how is that possible? And how can the listener identify the place depicted?


Dr John Chandler looks for answers by focusing on the East Dorset heathlands, as portrayed by Thomas Hardy in The Return of the Native, and by Holst in Egdon Heath, the work which Hardy’s novel inspired.  Plus optional “behind the scenes” tour, 3.00-3.30.


There is no need to pre-book for either event.


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