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Building works affecting Gloucestershire Archives

We currently have builders on site. Before your visit, please check the latest information about opening hours and parking. You will need to order your documents before you visit.

Changes to our opening hours

We are now closed to the public while we move into the newly refurbished Heritage Hub. We will be re-opening at 9.00 am on Tuesday 27 March 2018.

Cinderford Local and Family History Centre

For anyone who wants to know about past and present life in the Forest of Dean.


  • Wide range of books and pamphlets about Cinderford and the Forest of Dean area
  • Victoria County History Forest of Dean volume
  • Standard histories of Gloucestershire

Newspapers and periodicals

  • Dean Forest Mercury on microfilm from 1881 to 2007. Some gaps exist - please check the newspaper list for holdings 
  • The New Regard (Journal of the Forest of Dean Local History Society) 1985 - date
  • Index to births deaths & marriages mentioned in the Dean Forest Mercury in the 1890's


  • Copies of tithe maps of a selection of parishes in the Forest of Dean
  • Maps and plans of Cinderford and the Forest of Dean area from the 1880s to the 1990s, including Ordnance Survey maps at 25 inches to the mile/1:2500 on microfiche and 6 inches to the mile/1:10,000


  • Cinderford directories
  • County directories on microfiche, 1820 to 1939

Forest of Dean Societies

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