North Devon Athenaeum
Discover & Explore North Devon’s Rich Past

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Our name

Find out more about our founder, William Frederick Rock  or our Background by clicking on these links.

Our name come from the Greek Goddess of wisdom, Athene.

An Athenaeum is a literary club-room, a library or place of learning.

What we do

We have an extensive and eclectic collection of books, documents, images and ephemera about Barnstaple, North Devon and beyond.

We work with the North Devon Record Office and the Barnstaple local studies library to provide a service anyone interested in local and family history.

We also house a collection of more general history books, some of which are the only copies available in the South West.

William Frederick Rock

Library Building 1988

Literary & Scientific Institute

The Old Building

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