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Archives, family and local history

South Gloucestershire Council now looks after an area that was in the historic county of Gloucestershire until 1974. We work in partnership with Gloucestershire County Council to ensure that archives old and new relating to this area are collected, preserved and made accessible. Many records relating to places which are now in South Gloucestershire are held at Gloucestershire Archives. Some records relating to this area are held by Bristol Record Office or other neighbouring county archives. There are useful guides and other resources to help you locate South Gloucestershire records.

You can download them on the heritage hub website and discover general “Gloucestershire” information, guidance and resources on collections, family history, local history and learning for all that will also be relevant, as the historic county lasted for many centuries of record keeping.

Phase one of the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub is now open. Visitors can now view documents in the brand new archive research room and benefit from expert advice from volunteers of the Gloucestershire Family History Society.

A Gloucestershire Heritage Hub opening hours consultation is now live and you can find out further details at

The Heritage Hub website also links to

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