10 Facts About Our Document & Archive Collections

1. Our Document Catalogue Contains Over 14,000 Entries. While the catalogue may contain over 14,000 entries there are far more individual documents. There may be several pages or items covered under one entry. 2. We have even more items on loan with the North Devon Record Office When we moved into our current home thirty …

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10 Facts About our Library and Book Collections

1. We Currently Have Over 15,000 Books on Our Shelves. When we first opened in 1888 we had approximately 14,000 volumes on our shelves this gradually increased to 22,000 in 1985. When we moved to our new home in 1988 the collection was scaled down. You can search the items on our shelves via our …

10 Facts about the Barnstaple Literary and Scientific Institute

Before the North Devon Athenaeum there was the Barnstaple Literary and Scientific Institute. Here are 10 facts about the institute which came before us... 1. The Barnstaple Literary and Scientific Institute Opened it's Doors in 1845 Planning for creating and opening such an institution actually started in 1844 when a petition of over 100 people …

Votes for Women – Suffragettes and the Devon connection with the movement.

The 6th February is the centenary of Parliament passing the Representation of the People Act that allowed women over 30, who owned property, to Vote. One of the arguments of the Suffrage movement was that women had to pay taxes on property but were not allowed to vote for how that money was used. Before …