Gloucestershire Heritage Hub

Friends of Gloucestershire Archives

A date for the diary

A large number of Friends enjoyed David Cook’s talk in November on the history of trade unions in Gloucestershire and appreciated the enormous amount of research he had done.

David will give a follow-up talk on Wednesday 29 March 2023 entitled 'Disappeared trades in Gloucestershire'.  It will be held at 2.30pm at the Heritage Hub.  Refreshments will be served from 2.15pm.  Do put the date in your diary.

There will be no charge for members but visitors, who are very welcome, are asked to make a small donation of £3.00.


Purchases for the Archives

One of the chief roles of the Friend is to purchase Gloucestershire documents when they come on the open market.  The National Archives notify us when such documents appear in auction catalogues.  These purchases are often beyond the statutory resources of the Archives.

In November the Friends purchased two maps at auction.  The first was a very large estate map covering parts of the villages of Coat and Aust, small villages in South Gloucestershire about 10 miles north of Bristol.  The map records the use to which fields were being put and the names of their owners.

The second is a beautifully drawn map of the Forest of Dean, dated 1782.  Few maps of the Forest exist before the early 1800s so this is an important addition to the Archives’ records.  It is hoped that it will be displayed in its original frame in a part of the research room where it will not be affected by daylight.


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