Devon Archives and Local Studies

Devon Archives and Local Studies
Devon Heritage Centre, Great Moor House, Bittern Road, Exeter
01392 888700
Region or country:
England (South West)

Devon Heritage Centre holds all types of historical archives relating to the county of Devon and the City of Exeter (excluding Plymouth.) Devon Heritage Centre in Exeter generally holds collections which relate to the whole county, including the Diocesan records, county Quarter Sessions and County Council collections. This includes estate and family collections, and solicitors’ collections which cover more than one area of Devon. Most of these records are not filmed or digitised, and are only available in their original format. The West Country Studies Library, which contains the county collection of local history material is also available at the Devon Heritage Centre. It includes published books, manuscript volumes, pamphlets, journals, maps, prints, engravings, photographs, newspapers and various files relating to local parish and family history.

What can be found at the venue?:
Records or archive, Library
Significant collections relating to regional crime and punishment organisation or to a particular individual:
Devon Archives holds a substantial collection of policing records relating to the constituent forces of Devon & Cornwall that have been transferred from the South West Police Heritage Trust; many of these records can be found under the prefix PA. Also records of magistrates courts, manorial courts, juvenile courts and ecclesiastical courts; also prison records; coroners reports and inquest files, probation committees, quarter sessions.
Does the venue have an online collections catalogue?:
Web address of online collections catalogue:
Details of opening for public access and / or research services:
Visits must be booked in advance. Opening days are Wednesday and Thursday. There are two bookable sessions each day. These are from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm to 4.30 pm. There is a limit of 6 people per session.
Available services or facilities:
Cafe, Shop, Visitor parking, Toilets
Accessibility and disability arrangements / Covid requirements:
Disabled Parking:- There are some disabled parking spaces in the Great Moor House car park and the entrance is accessible via a ramp which leads to the main entrance, or via a wheelchair lift situated at the corner of the building. All public areas in the Devon Heritage Centre are on the ground floor.
Other connected heritage sites, museums or archives:
The Museum of Policing in Devon & Cornwall at:
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