Behind the Scenes at the Devon Record Office

From : Sarah for AONB

Local history enthusiasts from across the South Devon AONB were warmly welcomed to the Devon Record Office (DRO). In a specially arranged trip on 13 November 2010, we had the opportunity to examine unique and original ancient documents from parishes of this area.

DRO archivist Brian Carpenter was our expert and friendly guide. He also gave us a peek behind the scenes, into the areas where collections are cared for and stored.

Nothing like seeing the real thing

All types of historical records relating to South Devon are kept at the DRO, housed at Sowton in Exeter. These include the records of the parishes, and of innumerable individuals, families, estates, businesses, societies, chapels and schools. 

The group were bowled over by the sheer quantity, quality and time depth of what is available in the building. Only a fraction of this material can be digitised and put on-line. There really is nothing like seeing the real thing!

DRO is like a modern library

The Devon Record Office is our local branch of a national network of public archives. The archivisits will bring out historic documents for you to see. It's very much like a modern public library, except that you can't take the documents home! You get a visitor's ticket just like you would for a library too. Simply take along I.D. the first time you go.

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Behind the Scenes at the Devon Record Office

"We were made very welcome... An ispiring insight into the rich possibilities for using the DRO. A wonderful resource that I will use in future now I've seen it!

Mr Prendergast

Useful guidance

If you've never been to the Record Office it's well worth a trip. There's lots of useful guidance on their website, and most of their services are free of charge. Take a look at: DRO

Here's the URL in case the link is broken: www.devon.gov.uk/record_office.htm

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