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Coronavirus update

Gloucestershire Heritage Hub is closed until further notice. This includes Gloucestershire Archives, Gloucestershire Family History Society, and Gloucestershire Registration copy certificates service.

Every effort will be made to continue offering essential services such as access to records for legal reasons. We look forward to welcoming back our customers, volunteers, partners and friends in due course.

Have a look at Gloucestershire Heritage Hub for ideas and links to help you #ExploreYourArchiveAtHome.

Access to Gloucestershire resources on Ancestry for free

While Gloucestershire Archives, Gloucestershire Libraries and Gloucestershire Family History Society’s research rooms are closed to the public during the Covid-19 pandemic, customers have been unable to access digitised copies of Gloucestershire records free of charge. We’ve been working with Ancestry and can now provide free access to Gloucestershire’s digitised resources until we can welcome you back. Please use this link to access them.

Help with your research into WW1

Research toolkits, factsheets, and other material to assist your research into WW1 Gloucestershire and the servicemen who left the county to fight for it.

Lots of the documents and published resources in our collections contain information about WW1.  And there are  more out in the community.  You can use the downloadable toolkits and factsheets on the right hand side of this page to help you find and use them all.  If you are new to archives and would like to see things in our collections please have a look at our Before you visit page.

Toolkits

  1. Servicemen - first steps in looking into the lives of local men who left home to fight.
  2. Discover More About Servicemen - includes sources for studying particular themes, such as: Gloucestershire war poets; the War as reflected in soldier's correspondence, diaries and reminiscence; and conscientious objectors. 
  3. The Home Front - exploring what our communities were like during WW1.
  4. Post-war life - exploring what our communities were like after the War. 

Resources providing advice for anyone owning documents or artefacts connected with WW1 on how best to store and preserve them can be found on our caring for your own archive page.

The second will advise about sharing your research findings with others, including: making written information user-friendly; digital storytelling; sharing information online; running events; and designing exhibitions.  You can find these guides on our help with recording and sharing your WW1 research page.

Factsheets

Lists of documents held at the Archives relating to:

  • War memorials;
  • Rolls of honour. 

These are arranged alphabetically by place name/organisation and include document reference numbers.

You can find information sheets compiled by others and shared with us, by following this link.

WW1 research in Gloucestershire

We've also created a guide to WW1 research going on across the county, so you can find out more about what's happening in your district.  The guide includes contact details so you can get in touch with individuals and groups if you're interested in their findings, or if you'd like to help.  You can download the guide from the list above. 

Some local WW1 Centenary events are already underway.  Please visit the 'Gloucestershire Remembers WW1' website for more about local WW1 events and activities (and visit our 'Help with sharing your research findings' page to see how we can help you turn your WW1 research into an event or activity).

Other resources

You can find programme toolkits compiled by the Department for Communities and Local Government by following this link and download the Historic Newspapers WW1 pack by clicking here.

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