The Ivybridge Heritage & Archives Group grew from an original idea to highlight the Town’s connection with the famous painting of the old Ivy Bridge, done by J M W Turner in 1812.
The announcement of the imminent closure of Stowford Paper Mill then led to an investigation of the archive material held at the Mill and the full collection was subsequently donated to Ivybridge Town Council in December 2013.
Ivybridge Heritage & Archives Group is now working towards a digital reference collection based on the theme ‘Ivybridge Uncovered – A Mill Town Heritage’. The group has concluded a detailed research of the history of the Mill and has expanding its work to include the town’s history and to provide an insight into its development from a village to the present day.
In due course, once the new Stowford development is underway, the Group will be opening its Heritage Centre back at Stowford Mill and is also hoping to feature a Dartmoor Industrial Heritage Hub.