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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. 

Gloucestershire Remembers WW1

A community project exploring the heritage of World War One.

The 4th August 2014 marked the start of the 100th anniversary of the First World War.  If you are currently doing things to commemorate this hugely significant anniversary, or want to do so between now and 2018, the Gloucestershire Remembers WW1 project can help.

Amongst other things, the project is helping local people and organisations to research and share stories about what WW1 meant for their communities.  Between November 2013 and December 2014 this activity was led by the GRWW1 Project Co-ordinator with support from staff at Gloucestershire Archives, volunteers from Gloucestershire Family History Society and Gloucestershire Local History Association, and local teachers.

We've produced FREE resources that will help people of all ages to learn about:

  • The men from your community who enlisted to fight and what happened to them;
  • The impact that the war had on the people and places in your area.

You can download these from our help with your research into WW1 page.  If you are a teacher, you might also be interested in our cross-curricular learning resources for schools page.

We've also created guides to help people share their WW1 research with others.  You can explore these on our help with recording and sharing your WW1 research page. 

If you're considering your own WW1 project, you can take advantage of the Archives' FREE planning a community archives heritage project guidance.  Archives staff are happy to broker bids from organisations that wish to club together for funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund's Then and Now and Our Heritage grant programmes.

You can contact the Archives' Enquiries team on 01452 425295, at archives@gloucestershire.gov.uk or by writing to Gloucestershire Archives, Clarence Row, Alvin Street, Gloucester, GL1 3DW. 

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