And we’re off!

Following on from our recent Heritage Lottery bid success, partners, volunteers and guests gathered at Gloucestershire Archives on 25th February to formally launch the next phase of “For the Record”.  This will run until 2020 and initially see the creation of the on-site Gloucestershire Heritage Hub at Alvin Street.

We also took the opportunity to celebrate the work we’ve done so far, and consider what the project means to the various partners involved. Continue reading

Christmas comes early with Heritage Lottery award

We’re delighted to announce the Heritage Lottery Fund is giving us £1.1 million towards our “For the Record” partnership project.

This means we can now access extra funding from key partners, trusts and foundations, as well as generous donations from the public.  Finding out before the holidays gives us even more reason to celebrate all the project has achieved so far!

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The Dowty Story

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Gathering, keeping and sharing Dowty’s heritage

Dowty Group Archive: annual report 1949 (GA ref D8347)

Dowty Group Archive: annual report 1949 (GA ref D8347)

Sitting in a strongroom at Gloucestershire Archives, preserved safely but otherwise inaccessible, is our single largest uncatalogued collection – the Dowty Group Archive. The Archive charts the story of an engineering firm from its origins in George Dowty’s 1930s Cheltenham workshop, through a worldwide expansion and up to the break-up of the Group in the 1990s. As such Dowty’s represents a big part of Gloucestershire’s industrial heritage. And as a major local employer it touched many lives. Continue reading

Keeping busy behind the scenes

Here at Gloucestershire Archives we’re involved in lots of activities to gather, keep and share the documented heritage of Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire.  We’re also leading joint activities to make sure this keeps on happening, like the £2.6M For the Record project we’re currently developing.

While some of our work is plain to see there’s a lot that goes on in the background, especially when it comes to dealing with collections.  So we thought it’d be good to share more about what we’ve been up to.  With this in mind a few folk from our Collections team spoke with Pete Wilson of Radio Gloucestershire.  The interviews were broadcast throughout his shows on 18th and 25th January and you can listen to them via the links below.  They’ll be available until 15th and 22nd February respectively.  Amongst other things, the team mention the key role of volunteers and partner organisations.  They highlight this in the round-up at the end of the second programme.

I hope you find their enthusiasm inspiring.   I certainly did!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02ghtjm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02gws2m

Gloucestershire Archives – an accredited archive service

Gloucestershire Archives is celebrating success after being praised for the quality of its service.

Accredited Archive Service logoThe archives service provided by Gloucestershire County Council has been awarded Accredited Archive Service Status under a new UK wide quality standard for private and public sector archives.

Assessors said it offers a great deal for a wide range of visitors and commended its excellent leadership and management, and its approach to development, planning, partnership building, volunteering and sustainability. Continue reading

Gloucestershire wins lottery support to preserve ongoing history

I am delighted to announce some good news – we have been successful in our ‘For the Record’ bid and have received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

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The project will improve the way the documented heritage of Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire is gathered, kept and shared.

Development funding of £123,300 has been awarded to help Gloucestershire Archives progress our plans to apply for the full grant next year. Continue reading