The North Devon Journal Archive

The largest collection we hold by far is the archive of the local newspaper the North Devon Journal. We hold some 133 volumes of the original newspapers which cover over 120 years of news and events in the North Devon area. The Journal was first published in July 1824 and we hold the first full …

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Behind the Scenes…Shelving Project part two

Monday was the big day for the shelving project as the installers arrived with the new shelving early in the morning. By mid morning one side was completed and the other under way and looking very smart and by lunchtime it was all done! All that was left for us to do was to clean …

Behind the Scenes…Shelving Project part one: It’ll get worse before it gets better

If you've been following us on social media you will have seen that we are closed to the public for a fortnight while we carry out some essential work in our stack. For the last 29 years, our North Devon Journal newspapers have sat on the shelving unit which was built for us before we …

Welcome to 2017

With a new year come new challenges and changes for the North Devon Athenaeum. Last year the way we work with the North Devon Record Office changed as did the public area we share with them. This year will hopefully see some exciting changes behind the scenes. We will be closed in early February to …

The Priscott Twins

Fred and Reg Priscott, twin brothers, served with the 1st 6th Devons in both India and Mesopotamia during the First World War. Born 18th October 1895, in Barnstaple, they were the Regiments only serving twins. Before the war both Frederick John and Reginald James Priscott were working for local furniture maker Shapland and Petter and …