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Tales from Jubilees Past: Part 3

Tales from Jubilees Past: Part 3

In honour of the upcoming Platinum Jubilee celebrations we have been delving into the Archive in search of some interesting anecdotes, stories and photographs of past Jubilee celebrations.   King George V Silver Jubilee Here at the Archive we have an...

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Tales from Jubilees Past: Part 2

Tales from Jubilees Past: Part 2

In honour of the upcoming Platinum Jubilee celebrations we have been delving into the Archive in search of some interesting anecdotes, stories and photographs of past Jubilee celebrations.   Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in Totnes.  Within the Archive we have a...

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Tales from Jubilees Past: Part 1

Tales from Jubilees Past: Part 1

In honour of the upcoming Platinum Jubilee celebrations we have been delving into the Archive in search of some interesting anecdotes, stories and photographs of past Jubilee celebrations.   Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee.  Within the Archive we have an original...

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Remember me

Remember me

"Lizzie Lamble is my name and England is my nation, Kingsbridge is my dwelling place and Christ is my salvation,When I am dead and in my grave and all my bones are rotten, Upon this book you will see my name and I shall not be forgotten." These words are written on...

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House Detectives

House Detectives

In our March '22 newsletter you may have read about the recent donation of a bundle of 19th century documents relating to buildings in the village of Frogmore in the South Hams. These records cover the period from 1811 to 1899 for several cottages, or dwelling houses,...

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Norden’s Survey of Crown Lands

Norden’s Survey of Crown Lands

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

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Visiting the Archive during the pandemic

Visiting the Archive during the pandemic

Visiting the DRA during the Covid-19 Pandemic, from February 2022.  The Government yesterday (21 February 2022) announced their Response Strategy for ‘Living with COVID-19'. This includes the removal of remaining domestic restrictions and changes to the rules...

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Finding Pike Ward

Finding Pike Ward

The Icelandic Adventure of a Teignmouth Sea Trader.  In 2016, a set of scrapbooks was rediscovered in the stores at the Devon Heritage Centre that had been made by Pike Ward to record his extraordinary life in Iceland between 1893 and 1909. The pages were full of...

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Evening Lecture Programme 2022

Evening Lecture Programme 2022

The Devon Rural Archive’s 2022 Evening Lecture Programme. You are invited to join us at the DRA, at 7pm on the first Thursday of every month, to learn about aspects of Devon’s history, archaeology and architecture, through a series of special talks. Our programme, now...

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Eagle-Eyed Volunteers

Eagle-Eyed Volunteers

Property in old photograph identified as Old Newnham.  We were recently contacted by a couple who had been given an album of old photographs by a relative. The family snapshots are believed to have been taken in the 1930s, but there was little information to show who...

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During the month of June the DCRS is highlighting the 1,000+ postcard collection of the late Colin Laskey. Here is Heavtiree, a quiet idyll: ... See MoreSee Less
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Teignmouth Sea Front1907 postmarked Teignmouth sea front on Lifeboat day ... See MoreSee Less
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It is the final day of #VolunteersWeek today and we have one last volunteer to share with you. Today is the turn of Jeanine who has the very important and painstaking job of translating and transcribing historic documents in order to make them more accessible.
We have more volunteers than we have been able to feature this week and we would like to say a very big thank you to all of them as without their help it wouldn't be possible to run the Archive as it is today. If you are interested in volunteering with us them we always welcome new faces and would love to hear from you. Please email us at office@dra.uk.net to get in touch.
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With the Jubilee celebrations complete, we are back to thinking about #VolunteersWeek. Today we would like to introduce you to Emily who has joined us more recently. Emily is helping us do regular stock takes at the Archive, to ensure that items are safe and sound and are not deteriorating. ... See MoreSee Less
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#puzzlepieces - In 2018 we received a copy of the sale particulars for the Chaddlewood Estate in Plympton St Mary but one key document missing. Last week, to our great surprise, the missing document was discovered in a bundle of papers given to the Archive by a separate source!

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Beautiful #shilstone in the sunshine this week. The view on the way to the Archive taken by one of our volunteers. #summer

Today marks the end of #VolunteersWeek . The DRA couldn't be run without the help of our dedicated team of volunteers. If you are interested in what we do then why not come and visit the Archive soon. You are sure of a warm welcome! #VolunteersWeek2022

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