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Devon in the 1920s

Devon in the 1920s

Rural life 100 years ago. Some of our volunteers are currently researching rural life in Devon during the 1920s, and are looking particularly at the changes that took place on local farms in the decade after the first world war. To this end we will be using items from...

Project Donn: a recent survey

Project Donn: a recent survey

Sandwell Manor, Harberton. Benjamin Donn’s 1765 survey of Devon, produced at a scale of an inch to a mile, was the first large-scale map of any British county. Alongside towns, villages and farms, Donn marked the location of 656 “gentry seats” and thus provides us...

A Victorian Snapshot of North Devon

A Victorian Snapshot of North Devon

Pictures of North Devon donated to the Archive. Today we received a charming set of North Devon images from our friends at Towneley Hall Museum in Burnley. All 60 images were taken in the early 1880s, many by W. C. Murphy, and capture towns and villages along the...

COVID-19 Statement

COVID-19 Statement

Visiting the DRA during the Covid-19 Pandemic In line with current Government guidelines, the Archive will be closed until further notice. To minimise the risks posed to our community by the spread of the virus, we have made some changes to the ways in which we...

Did you know the Archive holds a complete run of the Transactions of The Devonshire Association, from 1862 - 2020? #worldbookdayThese volumes are bursting with information about the cultural identity of the county and its distinctiveness. ... See MoreSee Less
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Some more titles from our special collection of books about Devon. #worldbookday ... See MoreSee Less
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As it is #worldbookday we thought we would introduce you to some of our special collection of books about Devon, such as this one by the Revd. John Prince (b.1643 - d.1723). ... See MoreSee Less
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A useful guide from English Heritage about the pests that may cause damage in historic houses and museums. www.english-heritage.org.uk/siteassets/home/learn/conservation/collections-advice--guidance/eh-pe... ... See MoreSee Less
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A very interesting history of Huntly in Bishopsteignton, thanks Bishopsteignton Heritage.Do you recognise this historic building? Huntley was built in the early 19th century and is still an elegant home to this day. But do you know it's history? Today we have published three articles, written by a current resident of Huntley, tracing its history from the original owners, www.bishopsteigntonheritage.co.uk/places/historic-buildings/huntly-the-original-owners/through it's time as a hotel and spa www.bishopsteigntonheritage.co.uk/places/huntly-hydro-and-health-spa/ and the period in which it housed retired military officers www.bishopsteigntonheritage.co.uk/places/huntley-the-officers-home/ . Lots to read and learn. ... See MoreSee Less
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To many this will appear macabre, and we're sure it's far from unique, but for #WorldBookDay2021 we'd like to highlight our copy of Milton's Poetical Works which is bound in human skin. A great example of 'anthropodermic bibliopegy'.

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For @CareersWeek, here are some thoughts from our recently recruited Digital Archives Trainee, Cade Simpson. Careers in archives can be hard to find but if you're this way inclined, terrifically rewarding.

https://swheritage.org.uk/news/cade-simpson-bridging-the-digital-gap-trainee/

#NCW2021

Third incarnation of the English Heritage Insect Pest #Poster now available!
Great contextualisation of insects, materials attacked, what to look out for and crucially what's at risk
#InsectPests #IPM

https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/siteassets/home/learn/conservation/collections-advice--guidance/eh-pest-poster-fin_web_lr.pdf

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