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Archives and Local Studies

A lesser known aspect of the Trust is its extensive Archive of primary and secondary sources. The collection all relates to the history and the people of Cirencester and the surrounding area.

These original documents and printed and published sources cover a wide range of subjects and reveal aspects of Cirencester’s past which may otherwise have been lost. Samples of the material contained within the collection includes records of associations, clubs and societies such as the Chess and Draught Club, the Cirencester Arts Club and Film Society, the Agricultural Associations, Archaeology, History and Natural History Associations; the Cirencester Literary and Debating Associations; records of the Bathurst Family, house and park; records of various businesses and Royal Agricultural College alongside a range of photographs, deeds and other original sources.

Through this unique and important material, the Trust is preserving the history and culture of Cirencester and gaining insight into the people, places, industries, activities and events of a town and area.

The Trust’s purpose is not only to preserve Cirencester’s heritage but also to share it. The collection is fully accessible to the all. To ensure the correct storage conditions, for reasons of space and to allow public accessibility the collection is housed at the County Record Office, Gloucestershire Archives.


Adding to the Collection

The Trust remains committed to preserving and sharing Cirencester’s heritage. The collection has the scope to grow and donations of further documents or printed sources relating to Cirencester or the wider area will be gratefully received. If you have any material to offer the Trust please contact Helen Timlin, Collections Officer at helen.timlin@binghamlibrarytrust.org.uk


Accessing the Collection

Gloucestershire Archives is open Tuesdays to Fridays from 09:00-16:30 and on the first Saturday of each month also from 09:00-16:30. You will need to pre-order your documents at least five working days in advance of your visit. The catalogue of the collection is accessible through the Gloucestershire Archives’ website and this ensures it is possible to view a full list of the content of the collection and order any items of interest. To reveal the content the reference number for the collection is required.

On deposit at Gloucestershire Archives, all new collections receive a collection number and each item within the collection will also have a sub-number/s. The number is arbitrary, being the next in sequence. The number allocated to the Trust’s collection is D10820. The online catalogue can be reached by following this link and by entering D10820* into the “Finding Ref” box and clicking search a list of all D10820 items is produced.

Any documents of interest can be pre-ordered online or by email. All information about pre-ordering and visiting can be found here

We encourage you to visit Gloucestershire Archives and use and enjoy your Archives.