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South Devon Snapshots

South Devon Snapshots

Large collection of images donated to the Archive. Earlier this year we were approached by a lady looking to find a home for her late father's collection of historic documents, plans, photographs and books relating to South Devon. This impressive Archive of local...

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Central Park, Plymouth

Central Park, Plymouth

A park for recreation.The Archive recently received a c.1928 plan for Central Park in Plymouth. At first glance, the item looks like a history book, but when fully opened you discover a A1, linen-backed plan for the city's proposed recreation area. The plan is similar...

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New to the Archive

New to the Archive

Early 20th century farm sale details. Nearly 1000 items have been added to our collection since summer began, and we are extremely grateful to all those who have donated this material. The newest additions include local history publications, newspaper cuttings,...

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Coronation Boathouse, Bantham

Coronation Boathouse, Bantham

A 'striking' structure on the River Avon. In August, six seaside heritage sites were granted listed status by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) on the advice of Historic England. One of the sites, listed Grade II, was Coronation Boathouse at...

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Visiting during the Pandemic: Face-to-Face events

Visiting during the Pandemic: Face-to-Face events

Visiting the DRA during the Covid-19 Pandemic: what to expect at face-to-face events If you are planning to attend a face-to-face event in the Archive, the following information will provide details of how we will be minimising risks and making our venue Covid-19...

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Visiting during the Pandemic: Face-to-Face events

Visiting the Archive during the pandemic

Visiting the DRA during the Covid-19 Pandemic - from July 2021 This document explains what our operating procedures mean for those planning to use the Archive for private browsing and independent study during the ongoing pandemic. It also outlines what you will need...

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Blackawton in the 1990s

Blackawton in the 1990s

A selection of photographs taken by Dr Jacqueline Sarsby, a social anthropologist and photographer. During the 1990s the pattern of farming in Devon was changing, and many of the traditional farm skills - such as hand-turning butter and making a mangold 'cave' - were...

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Shilstone: Yesterday and Today

Shilstone: Yesterday and Today

Pictures of Then and Now. During the early 19th century the Savery family, who had owned Shilstone since 1614, started to make some big changes to the site. They demolished the existing medieval house, built a new courtyard mansion in its place, and improved the farm...

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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...

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Several hundred photographs were recently donated to the Archive, including these of Hallsands.

We have only scanned a few from this donation so far, but you can see them in our latest blog: devonruralarchive.com/south-devon-snapshots/
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Excursions in the Tamar Valley: Postcards Home.
An illustrated talk by Dr Helen Wilson at The Devon Rural Archive
Thursday 2nd December 2021 at 7pm.

More details and tickets available from our website: devonruralarchive.com/excursions-in-the-tamar-valley-02-12-2021/
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The Archive recently received this c.1928 plan for Central Park in Plymouth which shows many features that were never completed.
Read out latest blog to find out more and see some of the detail. devonruralarchive.com/blog/2021/10/05/central-park-plymouth/
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#OTD 1821 #EleanorCoade died. Born in Exeter 1773 she is best known for Coade stone used in the manufacture of architectural & garden ornaments. Whiteford Temple near Callington, Cornwall with views looking back to Devon.@LandmarkTrust @thegardenstrust

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Another string to my bow presenting a fun talk entitled 'Excursions in the Tamar Valley: Postcards Home' based on popular pastime of outings on steamers during late Victorian and Edwardian periods, illustrated by postcards. @DevRuralArchive 2 December 7pm https://devonruralarchive.com/excursions-in-the-tamar-valley-02-12-2021/

A super day yesterday @DevRuralArchive for the Friends of Devon’s Archives AGM with a tour of the remarkable Shilstone House and its grounds thrown in. Both DRA and Shilstone well worth a visit or a Google at the very least!

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The north range of St Nicholas Priory during its restoration in the late 1990s. These panels in the entrance hall once separated the kitchen from the refectory but were moved and used here. Hidden behind later additions no one knew they were here until then. @ExeterHBT @nixpriory

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