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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. 

Official opening by HRH Princess Anne


HRH The Princess Royal visited the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub today (8 Jan) to formally open the facility, and to recognise the efforts of volunteers from the Hub’s partners and their impact in the local community.


The Princess was welcomed by Edward Gillespie OBE, Lord-Lieutenant for Gloucestershire to the newly-refurbished building in Alvin Street, Gloucester. During her visit, The Princess was introduced to the High Sheriff of Gloucestershire Charles Martell, the Mayor of Gloucester Cllr Joanne Brown, the Chairman of Gloucestershire County Council Cllr Andrew Gravells, Deputy Lord-Lieutenant Mark Hurrell and County Archivist Heather Forbes.

The Princess received a tour of the Heritage Hub building and spoke to staff and volunteers from Gloucestershire Archives, Gloucestershire Family History Society, Gloucestershire Police History Project, Gloucestershire Local History Association, Gloucestershire County History Trust, Gloucester Rugby Heritage Group, the Friends of the Archives group, as well as project funders.

She also had the opportunity to view displays of historic documents relating to her home, Gatcombe Park, and a selection of royal charters. The Princess concluded her visit by unveiling a commemorative plaque.

Cllr Ray Theodoulou, cabinet member responsible for Gloucestershire Archives, said, “We are very proud to welcome Her Royal Highness to our Heritage Hub facility. The building has already welcomed visitors from all walks of life in the local community; from local school children to dementia groups looking to learn about how we gather, keep and share history. I would once again like to thank staff and volunteers for making this project come to fruition.”

Heather Forbes, head of the archives service at Gloucestershire County Council and South Gloucestershire Council, said: “Gloucestershire County Council and our partners were delighted to welcome Her Royal Highness to commend the volunteering, community and partnership projects now possible in our new facilities. I hope everyone thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon celebrating what has been achieved so far and looking forward to a very positive future for our archives service.”

You can view photos from the visit here


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