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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:  www.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. 

Planning a community archives heritage project

Gloucestershire Archives offers a free initial session to groups in Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire to discuss your ideas and help you develop your plan. Please get in touch with us if you are interested.

Before you start your project planning, you will be thinking about what you want to achieve and who your project is for. You may already have offers of help from your community but what about other people or organisations with whom you could work? Are you going to manage the project yourself or do you need a team?

There are other things to bear in mind at this early stage. For example, if you want to create digital records and publish material online, you must make sure that you comply with copyright and data protection laws. It's much easier if you get it right at the start.

Why not meet up with the Gloucestershire Archives team?  We can advise on partnerships and sources of funding, working with volunteers, creating and preserving digital project records, copyright and data protection issues, and much more. 

There are several useful websites for you to explore too. The Community Archives and Heritage Group and Runcoco (see the links to the right) both aim to encourage community archive projects with free advice and support. Their sites contain lots of useful information and case studies - plenty of ideas to get you started.

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