Local Studies

Bridge near All Saints Church, Okehampton. P&D0854

Bridge near All Saints Church, Okehampton,1820. Watercolour Painting, 220x227mm. P&D0854.

The local history collections formerly held in the Westcountry Studies Library were moved to the Devon Heritage Centre, Sowton in 2012, to join the archive collections already held there.

Together, these collections hold a wealth of information to help you research local and family history. A large collection of local studies material is held at the North Devon Local Studies Centre, which shares accommodation with the North Devon Record Office at Barnstaple.   

Please see 'What's New?' below for more information.

What's new?
Devon Heritage CentreThe collections of the Westcountry Studies Library, which were previously all housed in the Castle Street section of Exeter Central Library, can now be accessed by visiting the searchroom at the Devon Heritage Centre, Great Moor House, Sowton, Exeter.

All of the local studies material, including hard copy newspapers, has been transferred to Devon Heritage Centre.  Find out more....

The South West Heritage Trust – an independent charitable trust - took over management of Devon Heritage Services on 1 November, 2014.  The local studies collections held at Devon Heritage centre are therefore now under the care and management of this Trust. Read more ….

The South West Heritage Trust has developed its own website.

The local studies webpages are gradually being revised.  If you are unable to find the information that you require, please contact the Devon Heritage Centre by post, email or telephone.

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Devon Heritage Centre
Great Moor House

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