Gloucestershire Heritage Hub

Gloucestershire Archives: Secrets Revealed online talk

Opening the door on house history

Wednesday 25 January, 1 - 2pm.  Free of charge. Online talk.


Castle or cottage; villa or farmhouse; town or country - whatever its size, age or location, your house will have a history.  Whether you will be able to find out much about it is another question – for as with all historical research a great deal will depend upon what has survived.  

This presentation will start you off in the process by providing examples of things that you can use to help – we’ll look at the use of visual evidence (what you can see by looking at your house and dating features through architectural evidence), archival evidence (information provided by old maps, plans, deeds, planning records, taxation and sales particulars), evidence of former occupiers (diaries, census returns, electoral registers and photographs etc), oral evidence (by talking to people who recall things to do with the house and its former inhabitants, which is often overlooked) and, if the house happens to be on an ancient site, archaeological evidence.  

There is much that you can look at and hopefully much you can learn.

To book visit Gloucestershire Archives Events


This monthly series of leisurely lunchtime learning sessions are great for those who are new to learning about the past and for those passionate about history, keen to expand their knowledge on a given subject in a focused session.

Led by experts at Gloucestershire Archives they are easy to digest, laced with humour and full of headline facts and context information ready to unlock an the secrets of a time gone by.

Secrets Revealed are live online seminars that bring together a community of people with a shared interest in history, heritage, culture and their importance in today’s world.

We are now doing Secrets Revealed talks via Microsoft Teams rather than Zoom. When you book on to the event you should immediately receive a Teams link. This will also be sent a few days before the event. If you have not heard from us by the day of the event, please email

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