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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.

Important collections

Including estate and family papers, as well as those of local organisations and institutions and prominent local people.

Estate and family papers:

  • Blathwayt of Dyrham, 16th to 20th centuries [catalogue reference D1799]
  • Clifford of Frampton-on-Severn, 13th to 20th centuries [catalogue reference D149]
  • Codrington of Dodington, 16th to 20th centuries [catalogue reference D1610]
  • Dutton family of Sherborne, 15th to 20th centuries [catalogue reference D678]
  • Hicks Beach of Coln St Aldwyn and Great Witcombe, 13th to 20th centuries [catalogue reference D2455]
  • Sotheron-Estcourt of Shipton Moyne, 14th to 20th centuries [catalogue reference D1571]

 

Local organisations and institutions (including businesses and solicitors):

  • Diocese of Gloucester [Catalogue reference GDR]
  • Astam Design (formerly Fulljames and Waller), architects [catalogue reference D2593]
  • Bruton Knowles of Gloucester, estate agents and auctioneers [catalogue reference D2299]
  • Gloucester Railway Carriage and Wagon Works Company, 1860 to 1987 [catalogue reference D4791]
  • Playne and Company of Minchinhampton, cloth manufacturer, 1829-1984 [catalogue reference D6971]
  • Royal Gloucestershire Hussars, 18th to 20th centuries [catalogue reference D4920]
  • Thames and Severn Canal Company, 1792 to 20th century [catalogue references TS and CTS]
  • Francis Wickins and Hill of Stow-on-the-Wold, solicitors, 18th to 20th centuries  [catalogue reference D4084]

 

Prominent and influential local people:

  • Fred Archer (1857-1886), jockey
  • Ivor Gurney (1890-1937), composer and poet
  • Frederick William Harvey (1888-1957), poet and soldier
  • Laurie Lee (1914-1997), author
  • Robert Raikes (1736-1811), printer and promoter of Sunday Schools
  • Granville Sharp (1735-1813), abolitionist

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