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 have re-opened for pre-booked visits.


External emails

We are currently unable to receive external emails so please ring us on 01452 425295 if the matter is urgent and/or about your visit.   Apologies for the inconvenience.

Local History Resources at Gloucestershire Archives

for anyone who wants to know about the history of the historic county of Gloucestershire and the City of Gloucester

Books and periodicals

  • We aim to hold a copy of every published book about people, places and topics related to Gloucestershire.  Check the Archives catalogue for our holdings.
  • Victoria County History of Gloucestershire (most volumes are also available online
  • Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society
  • Proceedings of the Cotteswold Naturalists' Field Club
  • Periodicals published by Local History groups across the County.



  • Tithe and Inclosure maps and awards
  • Estate maps
  • Ordnance Survey maps of Gloucestershire (1880's, 1900's, and 1920's)
  • GOAD maps, these show businesses in town centres from 1970's to date.
  • Modern Ordnance Survey maps and street plans from the 1950's.

Trade directories

  • These survive from the late 18th century and cover the whole county with individual volumes for Gloucester, Cheltenham and some of the market towns in the county.

Borough and Town records


  • We hold an extensive collection of prints, postcards and photographs. Check the Archives catalogue for our holdings.

Census enumerators' returns

  • Microfilm copies of the census returns, 1841 - 1901, for the whole of Gloucestershire including Bristol, with street indexes for Gloucester and Cheltenham

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