What we do and who we are
What we do
We gather, keep and share historic archive collections relating to Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire - and local and family history resources relating to Gloucestershire.
The archives are kept at our main Alvin Street site in Gloucester and you can use them in our public research room.
The local and family history resources are spread across Gloucestershire. The core collection is kept at our main site and area-specific collections are kept at Local and Family History Centres based at libraries in Cheltenham, Cinderford, Cirencester, Stroud, Stow and Tewkesbury. You can use them in the relevant venue.
Who we are
Gloucestershire Archives is a Gloucestershire County Council service. We also provide an archive service for South Gloucestershire Council. The geographic area that these councils cover used to be a single county. Today, we call it the historic county of Gloucestershire.
Our main site is also home to Gloucestershire Registration's copy certificate service.
What is an archive?
An archive is a group of records that have been created by an organisation or individual in the course of daily activities but no longer needed by them for regular reference. We look after archives because of their value as historical evidence. The individual records in an archive can vary in format but each is a combination of a medium and the information recorded on or in it eg single sheets of paper with typed on handwritten text, maps, bound volumes, photographic negatives and prints, audio visual recordings and digital documents/files.
How do I know what you've got?
Our collections include millions of records that have been donated or loaned to us. They date from the 1100s to the present day. You can discover more about them via the links on our Finding items in our collections page. One of these goes to our online collections database which also tells you where individual items are kept - so you'll know where to visit if you want to use them.
What should I do if I want to see something in your collections?
If it's an item that's kept at our main Gloucestershire Archives site please see our Preparing to Visit page.
If it's a publication that's kept at one of the Local and Family History Centres you can drop in to use it during the relevant Centre's opening hours.
We are also partnering with Ancestry to make some of our archive collections available online.
What if I've got something I'd like you to keep?
Please see our Adding to Gloucestershire Archives' collections page