JANUARY to MAY 10:00am - 5:00pm
(open Tuesday to Sunday, Closed on Mondays)
JUNE to SEPTEMBER 10:00am - 5:00pm
(open every day, including public holidays)
OCTOBER to DECEMBER 10:00am - 5:00pm
(open Tuesday to Sunday, Closed on Mondays)
Senior Citizens, Students or Concessions £3.25
Family Ticket (2 Adults and 2 Children) £13.00
Regimental Association Members Free on production of Membership Card
The Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum
The Museum holds the Archives of the Gloucestershire Regiment. It has its
own Reference Library containing many volumes which are completely unique,
plus a very large number of documents and photographs relating to the
Regiment. A minority of these are browsable via the Collections Section of
the museums website at
Whilst the museum does not hold the full service records, they do often hold
some unique information on individuals and can therefore help in
genealogical research. If after a search of the Archives, they find that
they cannot help, they will offer advice on the most fruitful
alternative approaches available, if any.
Most documents were not created with the intention of making life easy for
researchers! Generally, they were a military requirement completed in the
trenches of the Western Front, the jungle of Burma or the boredom of a
garrison posting in 19th Century India.
Our experienced Archivist gives freely of his time to deal with
enquiries. Sometimes he is able to quickly pinpoint the source of
information that will answer an enquiry, or will know that the information
requested is not in the archives. Depending on the complexity of the enquiry
and the availability of our volunteer, it may take several weeks to
construct a response.
How you can help
1. Please only enquire about the Gloucestershire Regiment.
2. For details of the following Regiments visit
• The Royal Berkshire Regiment (including the 49th and 66th Regiments, the
militia and volunteers)
• The Wiltshire Regiment (including the 62nd and 99th Regiments, the militia
• The Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment. Only historical enquiries, not
3. Tell us what you already know. It will be a waste of time for us and a
disappointment for you if we supply information you knew but failed to tell
us. Please err on the side of telling us too much rather than too little.
4. Be specific in your enquiry. Think about what might be required to answer
Enquiries by Mail
5.Our resources are limited. We much prefer to receive your enquiries by
snail mail and with the correct remittance. Please provide adequate return
postage. Whilst we will accept enquiries by email they may be answered by
It must be appreciated that, although the archives may contain no
information of use to the enquirer, Time and effort is still required to
arrive at that conclusion.
Preserving the Past
Many items in the archives are unique. In order to reduce the risk of damage
to them, the museum will not normally provide copies of original documents
or photographs. Requests for copies will be dealt with on an individual
basis and the full costs of any work in producing copies would have to be
met by the enquirer.
In dealing with the enquiry, Museum staff will seek to provide complete and
accurate information. However, the information can only reflect what is held
in the archives, which may be incomplete or non-existent. For instance, the
archives do not contain an individual's records but may have personal
information through more general documentation.
Fees for research are levied on a not-for-profit basis
and used to fund the conservation and maintenance of the Museum and its
Archives. The charge for an initial enquiry is £30.00. This is based on one hour
+/- of research for relevant information and the preparation of a
helpful and if possible informative response. If there is more information
potentially available and therefore more time is needed, you will be told.
This may result in a quotation for additional work.
Not all research produces information. In many cases a negative result takes
longer to establish than readily available information.
Cheques should be made payable to: The Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum.
If you would like the Curator to help please write to:
Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum (Archive
Museum and Archive Enquiries
Serving or recently discharged Soldiers
The Army Personnel Centre can assist in tracing soldiers
either still serving or those who have discharged in the last 5 to 6 years
(or later if they are still on the Army Reserve List). The Army Personnel
Centre cannot undertake to divulge the current location and/or the address
of individuals, but will undertake to forward a letter where an individual
can be positively identified.
The letter to the individual should be placed in a sealed envelope with the
name and a first class postage stamp on the envelope and forwarded to the
following address, together with a covering letter giving as many of the
following details of the individual to be contacted as possible.
Unfortunately no guarantee can be given that the individual being traced
Date of birth or approximate age
Army Regimental Number
Regiment or Corps
Dates of service
The address of the Army Personnel Centre is
Army Personnel Centre
65 Brown Street
Telephone 0845 600 9663