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Coronavirus update

We're pleased to announce that from the 4th August Gloucestershire Archives will re-open to the public.  We've had to make some changes to the way we work, and you can see more details about our new arrangements on our Covid recovery page.

You will need to book your documents in advance.

At the moment Gloucestershire Family History Society remains closed.

If you're not able to make it in, have a look at Gloucestershire Heritage Hub for ideas and links to help you #ExploreYourArchiveAtHome.

Finding archives relating to South Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire Archives provides an archives service for South Gloucestershire Council.

We hold many original documents relating to South Gloucestershire and you can use them in our public research room. Bristol ArchivesOpens new window also holds South Gloucestershire-related archive material, which is different from the material in Gloucestershire Archives' collections. 

You can check the whereabouts of particular records before you visit by checking the  guide to sources for South Gloucestershire (also available by clicking on "A guide to archive sources for the history of South Gloucestershire" in the download section to the right). The guide is arranged by place and subject, and gives a brief description of the records, their reference number and location. You can then use the reference number in the online catalogues for Gloucestershire Archives and Bristol Archives to find out more about the records. 

You may also find useful this map which shows the area which is now in South Gloucestershire, and the research mini guide to South Gloucestershire records.   

You can also  download a list of items held at the Yate and District Heritage Centre.

Please have a look at our Preparing to Visit page if you'd like to view any original documents at Gloucestershire Archives as it explains how to order your documents in advance. 

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