Behind The Scenes….Stocktaking 2014

Each February we close to the public for a fortnight for stocktaking. This gives us a chance to check our collections and carry out important work we can't do while we are open to the public. This year we focused on accessioning and cataloguing a large donation of library items, checking our pamphlet collections and …

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On Our Book-shelves

In the first in our series about items from our Library Collection, Director, Graham Keates has come across an item containing accounts of High Treason... I was searching along our shelves recently when I came across an unusual little volume. It was tucked between Tanner’s Tudor Constitutional Documents (Cambridge, 1922) and Cobbett’s Complete Collection of …

North Devon in 1823

In the second of the series connected with our North Devon Journal Archive our Chairman delves into the goings on in 1823. Barum Athena Last time I wrote about how the Sherborne Mercury reported news from North Devon in 1822. This week I will go on to 1823 – the year before the first appearance …

North Devon in 1822

The following post has been written by our current Chairman and is part of a series of posts contected to our extensive North Devon Journal Archive. Barum Athena. The North Devon Journal was founded in July 1824 and for nearly 30 years remained the only continuously published weekly paper in North Devon. Before 1824 newspaper …

A Brief Introduction

Tales from the Archives is designed to give an insight into the North Devon Athenaeum, Past, Present and Future.All the posts will have a common thread, they will either contain an item from our large and varied collections or be about the NDA or the people associated with it in some way. We will have …