An appeal has been launched to keep an historic collection of deeds and records in Gloucestershire.
The collection dates from the 14th century
The Sudeley Archive was deposited with the county's records office in 1965 by Lord Sudeley of Toddington.
It dates back to the 14th Century and contains papers relating to the Hanbury-Tracy family estate.
The council said Lord Sudeley planned to auction the collection this autumn, but has given Gloucestershire Archives the chance to buy it privately.
The Friends of Gloucestershire Archives said the storage, preservation and accessibility of documents were of great importance to a growing number of researchers interested in all aspects of local and family history.