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The Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society (BGAS) Library 

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The Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society (BGAS) was established in 1876 and has over 500 members. The Society exists to encourage and promote the historical and archaeological study of the Bristol and Gloucestershire area, and to produce regular academic publications. These include the Society’s Transactions, published annually since 1876, and the Gloucestershire Record Series. The Society also organises an extensive programme of lectures, events and field meetings each year.

In 1998 the Society’s library was moved to the University of Gloucestershire’s Francis Close Hall Campus. As well as being open to BGAS library members it is also available for use by staff, students and the public on a reference only basis.

For more information on the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society, including membership details, publications and events, please visit the Society’s web page


Access to the Library      

We ask that all visitors to the BGAS library contact Special Collections and Archives staff prior to their visit to book an appointment by emailing or telephoning 01242 714851.

For current Special Collections and Archives opening hours please see the opening hours and procedures page.

Due to increased security at Francis Close Hall campus only BGAS library members, staff and students may access the building via the external door into Quad East by holding their library card up to the panel outside the door. We advise all other visitors to the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society Library to telephone or email in advance, and upon arrival either go to Campus Reception or call 01242 714851 for access.

Library members may borrow up to 5 books for an initial period of two months, with the option to renew for a further one month period. To become a Library member you must already be a member of BGAS. Please bring a valid form of I.D. such as a driving licence or passport, the letter you received confirming your membership of the Society and a one-off payment of £5 with you on your first visit when a member of staff will issue you with a library card.


Searching the online Library catalogue

The Library is in the process of being fully catalogued and can be searched electronically via the University's Library Catalogue. Click on the "Locations and Collections" icon to the bottom left of the main search screen and limit your search to "BGAS" to find items held within the Library.



Recent Acquisitions - Monographs

  • Biddulph, E. & Welsh, K. Cirencester before Corinium: Excavations at Kingshill North, Cirencester, Gloucestershire (Oxford Archaeology, Thames Valley Landscapes Monograph No. 34, 2011)
  • Corney, M. The Romano-British Villa at Box, Wiltshire: A Reappraisal and Assessment of the Archaeological Evidence (KOBRA Trust on behalf of The Box Archaeological and Natural History Society, c.2012)
  •  Dyer, C. A Country Merchant, 1495-1520: Trading and Farming at the End of the Middle Ages (OUP, Oxford, 2012)
  •  Jackson, R. Ariconium - Herefordshire: An Iron Age Settlement and Romano-British 'Small Town' (Oxbow Books, Oxford, 2012)
  •  Leech, J. Brief Romances from Bristol History (William George and Son, Bristol, 1884)
  •  Reid, H. Bristol & Co.: The story of Bristol's long running businesses 1710 to the present day (Redcliffe Press Ltd., Bristol, 1987)
  • Rollison, D. Commune, Country and Commonwealth: The People of Cirencester 1117-1643 (Studies in Early Modern Cultural, Political and Social History Vol. 10, The Boydell Press, Woodbridge, 2011)
  •  Wells-Furby, B. The Berkeley Estate: Its Economy and Development (BGAS, Bristol and Gloucestershire Monographs Vol. 1, Bristol, 2012)
  • The lost lands of our ancestors: Exploring the submerged landscapes of prehistoric Wales (Dyfed Archaeological Trust, Llandeilo, 2011)

Recent Acquisitions - Serials 

  •  The Antiquaries Journal Vol. 92 (2012)
  •  Architectural History Vol. 55 (2012)
  •  Herbert, N. (ed.), The Forest of Dean Eyre of 1634 (Gloucestershire Record Series Vol. 26, BGAS, Bristol, 2012) 
  •             Noble, C. (ed.), Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem Vol. 25 - 16 to 20 Henry VI (1437-1442) (The Boydell Press for The National Archives, London, 2009)
  •       Holford, M. L. (ed.), Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem Vol. 26 - 21 to 25 Henry VI (1442-1447) (The Boydell Press for The National Archives, London, 2009)
  •       Proceedings of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society Vol. 101 (2012)
  •       Cheltenham Local History Society Journal No. 28 (2012)
  •       Glevensis: Gloucester and District Archaeological Research Group Review No. 44 (2011)
  •       Somerset Archaeology and Natural History: Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society Vol. 155 (2012)
  •       Southern History: A Review of the History of Southern England Vol. 34 (2012)



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