I’m always writing little notes to myself as I increasingly find that things are liable to slip my mind.
Last year Gloucestershire Archives applied for – and were successful in obtaining – a grant of £15,000 from the Local Government Association (LGA) digital channel shift programme. As the project is coming to an end, we’re delighted to announce that the new online system is up and running. Continue reading
As from this month we will be publishing a full list of the most recent new additions to our collections on our News page. You’ll also be able to read details of our major new catalogues as they are completed.
In this ‘new arrivals’ blog, we’re continuing to highlight our more unusual new arrivals. And these flyers certainly took the prize for being the most eye-catching!
They are among the personal papers given to us by Mr Alan Moore (collection reference D14592). Alan had a life-long interest in the 20th century development of Gloucester city centre, the development of bus and tram links across the county, and in Gloucestershire’s film theatres and concert halls. Among his collection are scrapbooks, research notes and, as the photograph shows, many colourful flyers for local concerts. This selection advertises events at the ABC Theatre in Gloucester, where artists such as Gerry and the Pacemakers, Billy J Kramer, Cliff Richard, Gene Pitney, Lulu and the Luvvers, Four Tops and Des O’Connor performed throughout the 1960s and 1970s. Many of the flyers are accompanied by ticket stubs, evidence of Alan being a keen attendee of these concerts. Tickets could be bought for as little as 75p a seat!
My name is Julia O’Connell and I am one of the artists working at Gloucestershire Archives.
My arts practice is in textiles and I am creating wall panels that celebrate and feature local archives. Continue reading
The building work is gathering pace with much activity taking place particularly inside the building.
The new windows along the front of the building have been reinstated. (The view on the left was taken from the site manager’s office.) Continue reading
Sometimes it’s an unexpected glimpse of times past that I really enjoy about my job here at Gloucestershire Archives. I had such a moment recently, with a discovery that came my way.
Part of my role as Collections Care Conservator is to protect the collection against damage from insect pests. Our eagle-eyed staff and volunteers are super-vigilant about spotting any possible signs of infestation. One of our volunteers was emptying out an old box when she spotted what she thought was frass (i.e. insect poop) and so brought the box to my attention.
Autumn has seen a flurry of new collections arriving at Gloucestershire Archives – and all are now recorded, labelled, boxed and tucked away safely in our care.
We were delighted to receive an archive bequeathed to us by the late June Lewis, a well-known local author and historian of Fairford. Alison Hobson of Fairford Local History Society has spent over 12 months listing the contents of the collection ready for its transfer to the Archives. This help is much appreciated by our busy team! Mrs Lewis collected, researched and wrote extensively so it will take a little longer before the 20 or so transfer boxes have been processed ready for research.
Some of the highlights for September and October are listed below. As ever, please search our online catalogue using the reference numbers given in the list to find further details. Most items are now ready to be used by visiting our research room.