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Free Community Open Day in Gloucester


Gloucestershire Heritage Hub in Alvin Street, Gloucester is having an open day on Sunday 2 September and there will be fun and interesting activities for all ages.

The free event between 10am and 4pm is open to all, and there will be lots to see and do. Join a behind the scenes guided tour, take part in a treasure hunt and meet our family-friendly Highwayman.

As part of the Gloucester History Festival the heritage hub open day will give local people an exclusive preview inside the new and refurbished buildings. Car parking is available at Kingsholm Stadium for free, by kind permission of Gloucester Rugby Club.

Heather Forbes, head of the archives service at Gloucestershire County Council and South Gloucestershire Council, said: “Gloucestershire County Council and our partners are all so excited to welcome the public to our new facilities.  The Heritage Hub project will future-proof the archives service and I’m pleased to see it is nearing completion. I hope everyone thoroughly enjoys looking around our new facilities and discovering what archives we hold here.”

Cllr Ray Theodoulou, cabinet member for finance and change, said: “This is an important project for Gloucestershire. I am delighted that we are able to give local people a preview of the new facilities.  I would like to thank staff, volunteers and partners for all their hard work in making the Heritage Hub a reality.”

Find out more about the Hub on their website - 

About the hub

The collaborative 'For the Record’ project was launched in 2014, aiming to improve the way the documented heritage of Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire is gathered, kept and shared. The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded the ‘For the Record’ project over £1.1million. 

The county council’s investment of £1.6million has also been supplemented by generous funding from partners, trusts, foundations, community groups and many individuals. 

It is a legal requirement that information such as birth, marriage and death certificates, and council and court records are kept safely and securely in the county. The upgrade to the Gloucestershire Archives site will allow the council to provide this service in a cost effective and sustainable way. The Gloucestershire Heritage Hub is made up of many local and family history groups and projects, including Gloucestershire Archives, Gloucestershire Police Archives Group, and Gloucestershire Family History Society.

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