Our Top 5 Posts From the Last 5 Years

As part of our 125th Anniversary celebrations we launched a blog to bring some of the stories found in our collections to life. Five years on we take a look at five of the most popular stories... 5. Beyond the Library... At number five we have an introductory post to our Beyond the Library series …

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10 Facts About Our Image Collections

1. There are over 20,000 individual images on our Image Catalogue There are several thousand more which are yet to be catalogued, most of these un-catalogued images come from the North Devon Journal Archive Collection. 2. The North Devon Journal Archive Image Collection Has a Separate Catalogue. You can search for the Journal Images through …

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 …