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Document Collection

There are over 14,000 items in our document collection and many more on loan to the North Devon Record Office.


Here are just a few of the highlights:


The first collection donated to us was the Harding Collection a glorious collection of notes and ephemera about the parishes, families and churches of Devon and much more.


The Lethaby Collection is a collections of notes, drawings and publications by and about Barnstaple born William Richard Lethaby who was an architect and educator who helped establish the Artworkers Guild and the Central School of Arts and was a leading light in the Arts and Crafts Movement.


Bruce William Oliver was a local architect and our second benefactor, his collection of drawings and notes gives an insight into the buildings of Barnstaple and North Devon, his photographs and slides can be found in the Image Collection.



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