We are closed

Due to Government restrictions Gloucestershire Archives and the Heritage Hub are closed to visitors until further notice. We will be contacting all pre-booked archives researchers and volunteers to rearrange new bookings in due course.

Whilst we are closed you may like to explore our lockdown resources and activities pages

The Know Your Place website

The Know Your Place website will be down for essential maintenance on Saturday 16th January between 9am and 5pm.

Maintenance affecting online systems, forms, and payments

For urgent highways problems call 08000 514 514
We will be working on systems which will affect online forms and payments between 10pm on Saturday 17 January and 6am Sunday 18 January 2021.
Forms may be visible, but data may not be submitted, and payments may not be processed so use the "online forms" links on this page with caution. The form may open but not take payments or your data may be lost.
Calls to the Library Helpline 01452 426973 number may also be disrupted. Books can be renewed via the Library App or online at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/libraries/myaccount.

60 seconds with...

We would like to invite you to take the 60 seconds challenge!  We have devised 40 heritage related questions which will hopefully make you stop and think about why you like history and why you enjoy using archives.  However, we only want you to answer 10 questions so just choose your favourites…and we only want short answers so that the completed piece of work can be read in about 60 seconds or less! 

We are then hoping, with your permission, to upload your replies to our website as it is interesting to discover why and how people appreciate our Service. This challenge is open to all of our volunteers, Friends and any of our searchers too.

Click here for the contributions so far!



  1. What first brought you to Gloucestershire Archives?
  2. What do you like best about coming to Gloucestershire Archives?
  3. What have you most recently researched?
  4. What do you plan to research next?
  5. What would you say to encourage others to use Gloucestershire Archives?
  6. What’s the most exciting thing you’ve discovered at Gloucestershire Archives?
  7. Why are you interested in history?
  8. What new skills have you learned from your visits?
  9. What particular period of history are you interested in, and why?
  10. If you could meet any historical figure who would this be, and why?
  11. Imagine you are writing a letter to someone who will open it in 100 years’ time, what would you tell them about?
  12. Can you recommend a good historical novel?
  13. What do you think has been the most significant thing in your personal life history so far, and why?
  14. What historical mystery would you like to solve, and why?
  15. If you could own any historical object what would it be and why?
  16. If you could journey back in time to any period of history, what would this be and why?
  17. If you had the power to change history what would you do?
  18. Which figure in history would you like to be for 24 hours, and why?
  19. Which decade of the 20th century would you have liked to live in?
  20. Why is history important?
  21. Do you think there’s a future for archives, and why?
  22. Is there one invention from the past that you wish you’d created?
  23. What lessons have we learned from history?
  24. If you could live in a house from any historical period which one would you choose?
  25. What historical British figure should appear on any new £50 note, and why?
  26. If you could write a letter to any historical figure, what would you write and who would you write to?
  27. What is the oldest thing you have in your home, and what appeals to you about it?
  28. Imagine you were a talented artist – whose portrait from the past would you paint, and why?
  29. If the UK introduced a new Bank Holiday, like Columbus Day in America, who should it be in honour of?
  30. What historic building, anywhere in the world, do you think is the most beautiful, and why?
  31. Which TV or radio historian do you like the most, and why?
  32. If you could write a book on any historical event what would you choose? Because?
  33. What non-fiction historical book would you recommend and why?
  34. Which historical figure would you most identify with and why?
  35. How can we ever know that the historical record is, in fact, accurate?
  36. If you could choose one of the following to have dinner with, who would you choose – Florence Nightingale, Winston Churchill, Virginia Woolf or Horatio Nelson – and what would you ask him/her?
  37. What historical invention, in your opinion, has most benefitted humankind?
  38. Who do you think is the most loved Briton from the past, and why?
  39. Which historical event would you have liked to play a part in, and why?
  40. What painting from the past would you like to own, and why?

We hope you enjoy doing this task, especially at this difficult time and find it both thought provoking and entertaining.

Thank you for your help and support!  Please send any contributions to archives@gloucestershire.gov.uk

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