We are delighted to be coming back to a lovely refurbished Beacon room this autumn!
Lyn Dent, one of our co-founders, has been working really hard along with the trustees to create a new library for the Old School, and the Archive team are thrilled to have our collections housed there. The transformed Beacon Room will re- open on the 9th November.
Opening Times & Exhibition
The Archive Collection will be open to the public on Saturday the 14th November from 2-4pm and thereafter once a month from 2-4pm on the:
- 12th December
- 16th January
- 20th February
- 13th March
- 10th April
These times will be reviewed in the spring. As ever, the Archive can also be viewed by appointment by contacting Steph Bradley on 01364 644978 or by email.
As a special Winter treat, South Brent Archive will be exhibiting some items from our collection along the Corridor Gallery from Tuesday the 1st December until the end of January. Come and enjoy the trip down memory lane anytime, and, perhaps, you can help us by recognising a few faces on the older photographs as you queue for the Post Office. Images will also be posted on this page so you will be able to contact us with the mystery names.
From the New Year the Archive will also be open to the public every other Tuesday (from 2-4pm), starting on the 12th January.
Please note that entry to the Archive is free, but we welcome donations, which we use to buy archival quality storage materials to preserve our collections in the most appropriate manner possible, as well as to contribute to the upkeep of the Centre. The Old School is still in need of a new roof.
Volunteering with us
We are currently seeking more volunteers, so that we can open very week, so if you love local history and like talking to people, we’d love to hear from you!
We’d also like to hear from people who might like to get involved with the on-going work of helping us to catalogue existing and new collections, as well as someone who could help us to create an online database so that our collections can also be viewed from the comfort of home.
If you are interested, simply come along to one of our open sessions and let us know.
Local author Lily Style, ancestor of Lord Nelson, has donated a signed copy of her new book “Horatia’s secret” to the Archive. The family story documents the life of Horatia Nelson, Lord Nelson’s daughter by Lady Emma Hamilton, and her descendants … some of whom are buried in South Brent cemetery!
It’s an enchanting story by a dedicated researcher, full of detail, including about life in South Brent in the 19th Century. The book will be available to see at the Archive and orders can be taken from anyone who would like their own copy.
Lily will be giving a talk for the Archive about the Nelson ancestors of South Brent, once Covid restrictions allow. You can watch Lily handing over the signed copy of her book to the Archive in South Brent cemetery here
Whilst we are open to receiving new items for the Archive, in fact, we love receiving new items and collections, and spend many happy hours perusing them, we would ask that they have a connection to South Brent parish and its outlying villages and farms, including our side of Dartmoor, as we are very much a local archive and do not have the space to house items relating to further away places.
If you have items of wider Devon interest, the place to take your memorabilia is:
Devon Rural Archive http://www.devonruralarchive.com/
The Devon Heritage Centre, https://swheritage.org.uk/devon-archives/visit/devon-heritage-centre/ or, if they are photographs, to Totnes Image Bank.
Items of regional or national interest can be offered to the new archive and museum in Plymouth, The Box, https://www.theboxplymouth.com/contact-us
Please note that there is also an Archive in Modbury: contact: email@example.com
We look forward to welcoming you to our new space. Please observe Covid precautions and wear a mask, and use the hand sanitiser which will be available at the door before handling anything. We may need to restrict entry if we already have a maximum number of socially distanced people in the room at any one time.