Another website returns!

We blogged recently about the Barton and Tredworth website going live again after its designers, Community Sites, had converted it to a more accessible WordPress platform.  The same process has been happening to another of our partnership sites, celebrating the Gloucester engineering company Fielding and Platt. Fielding and Platt was founded in 1866 on the site of what is now the Quays retail outlet, and two blue plaques on the site commemorate its previous use.  This photograph from the 1950’s shows the rail entrance to the site from Southgate St (can you spot the poster for the Ealing comedy the Ladykillers?).View from Southgate Street c.1950 (D8489)

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Remembering the Holocaust

You may have seen Gloucestershire Archives’ online exhibition telling the story of ten young Jewish refugees who came to Gloucester in 1939. As we mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2018, we’re pleased to be able to share the moving story of one of those boys, as told by his son, Michael Zorek.

My father, Warren Zorek, passed away in December of 2006 at the age of 81. 68 years earlier, when he was just 13, his family was awaiting word about his admission into a program started soon after Kristallnacht, The Night of Broken Glass. This program allowed parents to send their children, some as young as 2, but not older than 16, out of Nazi occupied Europe until the political strife blew over. Continue reading

New arrivals in our strongrooms (5)

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!

Gloucester ABC Theatre concert and show flyers, 1965-1974

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!











Gloucestershire’s archives revealed (6)

How documents and cucumbers (almost) prove time travel is possible.

Throughout time, people have always asked questions that no matter how much thought is put into them, the answer will always prove to be elusive.

Questions like: can true serenity of the mind ever be achieved? Why do cucumbers need to be wrapped in plastic? Will anyone in the world, apart from me and children, ever find amusement in a whoopee cushion?

All excellent questions to ponder on, I think you’ll agree. But there is another which has been a science fiction staple for many years. It is this: is time travel possible?

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Gloucestershire’s archives revealed (5)

A top hat, a cane and 10 gallons of petrol please

The band Madness once sung a song about how much they enjoy driving in their car. It wasn’t quite a Jaguar, but it didn’t matter, as they were satisfied that it got them far.

I enjoy driving in my car too. It also isn’t quite a Jaguar. It’s a Hyundai. Which is nothing like a Jaguar in reality. They both have a steering wheel I suppose, and four wheels. But it gets me to work and back, and other places I choose to be at, in sufficient comfort and convenience.

And that is half of what cars are all about. Convenience. Cars can also be status symbols, of course. But getting you from where you are to somewhere else, when you choose to do it, and not having to rely on timetables, connections or cancellations is one of the main reasons for car ownership.

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Curious discovery from the time of Jane Austen

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.

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New arrivals in our strongrooms (4)

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.

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