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An update from our Trustees

An update from our Trustees

Please read this important message from the Trustees regarding the future of the Devon Rural Archive:  As you are now aware our Curator, Abi Gray, will be stepping down from her role at the Archive on the 15th December 2023. We would like to thank Abi for all her hard...

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Goodbye and Good Luck

Goodbye and Good Luck

We have important news for you all regarding the Devon Rural Archive.  Many of you will know our Curator, Abi Gray, from your visits to the Archive, our monthly lectures or having attended a house or garden tour. Abi has been an integral part of all the Archive has to...

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We need you!

We need you!

Volunteers Wanted for the Devon Archive at Shilstone Are you a reliable individual with a passion for local history, architecture, and rural landscapes? Do you enjoy interacting with a diverse range of people and providing excellent customer service? If so, we would...

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Life on a Devon Farm

Life on a Devon Farm

The social anthropologist and photographer, Dr Jacqueline Sarsby, has recently donated her photographic collection to the DRA. In the coming months these striking monochrome pictures will be added to our Image Bank and also put on display in the Archive.  During the...

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Translating the Past

Translating the Past

Norden's Survey of Crown Lands - An Update.  The Archive is a partner organisation in the Friends of Devon’s Archives (FODA) project concerning the early 17th century survey of crown lands by John Norden.  In 1612 James I appointed John Norden as surveyor of the...

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A Photographic Gem

A Photographic Gem

Earlier this month we were very excited to receive a collection of 78 photographs of historic Exeter from the Exeter Historic Buildings Trust. The images had all been captured by the firm of Bradford based photographer Walter Scott in the first half of the 20th...

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Bygone days in Ugborough

Bygone days in Ugborough

Earlier this week we received this charming set of images showing Ugborough in days gone by. They were scanned into our Image Bank by our wonderful team and the originals were returned to the owner. We hope you enjoy them as much as we have. Stay in the loop!  ...

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Sunday Opening

Sunday Opening

We are delighted to announce that, from the 20th November until the 18th December inclusive, the Archive will be open on Sundays. So, if you have ever wanted to visit but have not been able to pop-in during our normal opening hours, now is your chance! Our Research...

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Come dine with us

Come dine with us

From Sunday 20th November 2022 you will be able to enjoy a delicious, freshly cooked Sunday lunch at Shilstone.  Served in a beautifully restored former hay barn, the set menu of either one or two courses will be prepared by the in-house team of highly skilled chefs....

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Bellarmine Jar Witch-Bottle

Bellarmine Jar Witch-Bottle

Charms against witchcraft - Witch Bottles. With Halloween just around the corner we thought we would share one of the spookier archaeological finds from our excavations at Shilstone House.  Witch bottles from the seventeenth and eighteenth century have been found all...

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