Slimbridge Local History Society is over 20 years old and has gathered a collection of resources of interest to amateur historians, family researchers, and those who just want to know more about their village and its history.

Examples include:

Slimbridge Graveyard Index – a paper copy is kept in the Church enabling visitors to find a grave they might be looking for; it is indexed by Surname and identifies the grave location by a grid reference.

WW1 Fallen – The Society produced the “Slimbridge Remembers” booklet giving the stories of the soldiers, airmen and a marine who lost their lives as a result of WW1 and who are commemorated on the War Memorial. The booklet is supplemented by 1m2 boards telling the individual stories; these boards are displayed at a number of locations in the Parish.

SLHS Library – a collection of (mainly printed) material available for loan to SLHS Members.

In the past few years the Society has been trying to collect its material digitally, this is held on the “History Drive” to which Members have access. Examples of the wide range of material held include:

  • An archive of Dursley Gazette photographs of Slimbridge from 1967 to 1998
  • A collection of Postcards of Slimbridge and many local photos (places and people)
  • A collection of Maps from 1759, including Terriers cross-referencing fields to their owners/tenants
  • Bishop’s Transcripts giving Births, Marriages and Deaths from 1571 to 1812
  • Baptisms from 1813 to 1996
  • Written, aural and video recollections of Slimbridge residents
  • A “Diary” building the Parish History as it happens. “Today’s news is tomorrow’s history!”

The collection is extensive and it is easy to while away the hours just browsing!

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