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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. 

International recognition for a 'gem' in our collections


A unique African slave song written down by 18th century anti-slavery campaigner Granville Sharp  has been added to the UNESCO Memory of the World register.  The words of the song let us hear the voices of enslaved people working in the sugar plantations of Barbados.   Sharp’s papers came to Gloucestershire through the marriage of his niece to local man Thomas J Lloyd Baker of Hardwicke. 

You can find out more about this amazing document which is featured in this month's edition of the BBC's Who Do You Think You Are magazine.

And you can listen to a recording by  the music expert Roger Gibbs, who nominated the document for inclusion in the register.

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