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Church Guides Donated

Church Guides Donated

New to the Archive Three boxes of church guidebooks and leaflets have just been donated to the Archive, they are great resource for anyone researching their parish church or its monuments and often contain information about the history of the parish too. These will be...

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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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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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