Hidden Histories of Rural North Devon – Opening up the Beaford Archive

Beaford Arts has secured funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to carry out a major conservation and digitisation exercise that will curate and publish online around 10,000 unseen images from the Beaford Archive that together illustrate the late 20th Century social history of rural north Devon.

A host of new volunteering opportunities are on offer to assist with the digitisation, cataloguing, and preservation of the images, as well as the collection of oral histories from people with special insights into the photographs.

There’ll be lots of opportunities to take part in this project, which we hope will expand the Beaford Archive into a unique record of rural North Devon’s way of life.

Join us at our free events, where we will share information about the opportunities available, display some of the captivating archive images, host expert speakers, and celebrate the local heritage of each community.

All events are free to attend and un-ticketed, so please feel free to drop in!  Featured talks from local speakers connected to the project are from 15:30 and refreshments are provided throughout.

New Perspectives will be taking place in the following communities:

High Bickington Community Centre, 14:00 – 17:00, Sunday, 9 April 2017

Mortehoe Village Hall, 14:00 – 17:00, Sunday, 23 April 2017

Dolton Village Hall, 14:00 – 17:00, Sunday, 7 May 2017

Hatherleigh Community Centre, 14:00 – 17:00, Sunday, 25 June 2017

The Burton at Bideford, 13:00 – 16:00, Saturday, 15 July 2017

Chulmleigh, 14:00 – 17:00, Sunday, 30 July 2017,

South Molton and Torrington , September 2017, details TBC

Hidden Histories of rural north Devon: Opening up the Beaford Archive has been further supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Elmgrant Trust, Fullabrook CIC, Leader 5 Torridge and North Devon, and the North Devon Coast Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Beaford Arts – 01769 572573

email archive@beaford-arts.org.uk