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The ARA card is coming

From the 1st April we will be asking new and existing customers to sign up for an ARA card so that you can access the unique resources held here. This card replaces any existing CARN card that you may already have.

You can find out more about the card – and register online at:  archivescard.com

Coronavirus update

Gloucestershire County Council are closing Gloucestershire Archives @ the Heritage Hub from Monday 23 March until further notice, due to the current issues relating to Covid-19. 

Gloucestershire Family History Society @ the Heritage Hub has also closed their service until further notice. 

Every effort will be made to continue offering essential services such as access to records for legal reasons.  Similarly, the Registration Service will continue to run a copy certificates service from the site. 

Look out for updates from the archives on social media and online.  If you have a few minutes you might like to #ExploreYourArchiveAtHome.  You can search our collections online or browse or contribute to our online mapping resource Know Your Place

We look forward to welcoming back our customers, volunteers, partners and friends in due course. 

Starting to research the history of your area

Before you come in -

  • decide what you want to do - are you interested in the landscape, buildings or people?
  • do your homework - collect as much information as you can about the area from local people.
  • contact your local history society - many towns and villages in Gloucestershire have a local history society which will be able to provide you with local information and links.  You can find information about these societies from the Gloucestershire Local History Association.
  • some local libraries are local and family history centres - see the links on the right hand side.
  • check the Online catalogue - this shows the sources available for your area. If you find references to original documents you would like to see you can pre-order them so they are ready for you when you arrive.

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