The details below reflect the normal working of the Centre.  Now that we have reached STEP 2 of the ROAD MAP lifting restrictions and Gloucester Archives are opening we will welcome visitors again. Here are the  details of how to  book appointments and our continuing safety measures.

The Family History Centre

Visit us and chat to our friendly group of experienced volunteers.

The Centre is a spacious area within the Heritage Hub where you can research your Family and local history from any part of the world, with particular emphasis on Gloucestershire. We are here to help you as a beginner, a seasoned researcher or you can be left to your own devices knowing that help is at hand.

GFHS Reception Desk a volunteer will ask you sign in and allocated a computer. Families, friends and use of you own laptops are welcome. A small charge is made to print out your search results.

Area Covered

The Society’s local interest is in the Towns & Parishes of Gloucestershire as listed by GENUKI.

Centre Facilities

Free access to a suite of twelve computers, well stocked reference library with local books of historical interest covering many parishes and place names, Monumental and Memorial Inscriptions and a selection of Kelly’s Directories to name but a few. Publications are available for sale from our book shop.

A relaxation area includes tables, to mingle and chat with other researchers and get refreshments from the kitchen area. Lockers are provided for your valuables

Centre Resources

The Centre houses all our Research Material. The Society produces, publishes and sells indexes of Gloucestershire records. Full details of our items can be seen in each copy of The Journal or in our on-line Shop or obtained from the Family History Centre. See more

The Library

Our Library contains hundreds of titles covering a wide range of family history topics including the latest copies of Who Do You Think You Are magazine. See more


The Society is continually engaged in Projects to make resource material more accessible to its Members and the general public. The Society is undertaking several projects to help the digitisation of local records etc. See more.

Offers of help from Volunteers is always welcome.


The Society is run entirely by Volunteers who give their time in many ways :

  • as Officers of the Society
  • to staff the Family History Centre
  • help in ongoing transcription projects (see below)
  • to staff Helpdesks in local libraries
  • to staff stalls at various Family History Fairs in the Region

Do you want to have fun, meet new friends and make a difference!

Why not join our band of volunteers. If you can spare anything from three hours a month to one day a week then please contact one of the Officers on the Contact Us page.

Opening Times

The Centre is open to all (members and non-members of the society alike). Entry is free of charge although donations are very welcome, as these are used to help with the running costs of the Centre and to purchase additional resources.

Please note on busy days computer time is limited to a 2 hour period on certain assets.

Car Parking is available. (a small charge is made by Gloucestershire Archives for all day parking).

Monday to Friday (except bank holidays)10 am – 4 pm
1st Saturday of each month.9 am – 4 pm

The Centre will be closed on the following dates:

Bank Holidays
Friday May 3rd 2021
Monday May 31st 2021
Monday August 30th 2021

If coming to visit from a distance please call us to see if we have the data you need or to book a computer or fiche reader.

The Centre has Disabled Access. If you have any concerns about visiting, then please phone us. Our Volunteers will be pleased to help and, if required, we can arrange for a dedicated helper, or for searches of our resources to be done on your behalf.

We hope you enjoy your research with us … feel free to leave us comments on how we can continue to improve the Centre and the services it provides.

Where to find us

The Family History Centre is located in Gloucester City Centre within the Heritage Hub and is well posted from London Road & Kingsholm Road. It’s just a 10 minute walk if you choose to travel by Bus or Train.

Where to Find Us

Photos of the centre

Here are some photos of the centre, click on an image to expand it.