FEDERATION OF FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETIES

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North Devon Record Office Saved

We are delighted to report that the Record Office and Local Studies Centre at Barnstaple, which had been under threat of closure, will now remain open. Devon is an enormous county, so there would have been major difficulties for people living in the northern part if they had to travel to Exeter for their research.

As the result of a vigorous campaign involving more than 30 organisations, it has been decided that the service at Barnstaple will continue for at least the next three years. The new arrangement includes strong local input in managing the facilities.

This very good news is an excellent example of how family and local historians, along with many others from the local community, can make a constructive difference when they work together.

Devon Family History Society is a much-valued member of FFHS, with groups meeting at Exeter, Plymouth, Bideford (near Barnstaple) and Kingskerswell (near Newton Abbot). Its website showcases a wide range of relevant information - so why not have a look at it now?

 

Francis Howcutt
FFHS Archives Liaison

10 June 2016

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