Open Days – Each Month during the Summer.

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The Blackdown Archives project is opening its doors the second weekend of each summer month to capture peoples memories and display its collection of more than 2800 local family photographs.

During the second weekend of every month, from April to August, locals and visitors alike will be welcomed by members of the Hemyock History and Archiving Association voluntary keepers of the historic records.

One by one, the fragile photographs have been scanned and added to the collection. Many have been digitally enhanced to capture interesting detail, often missed until now.

Now, these images are being added to the Blackdown Archives website a programme part-funded by the Blackdown Hills AONBs Sustainable Development Fund and Making It Local.

Already, the pictures have locals recalling people, places and memories of yesteryear. By opening the doors to the public, the team hope to capture many more of these fascinating stories and add them to the website, for the Blackdown Hills community to share.

Pictures and documents that anyone would like added to the archive are most welcome all will be scanned and the originals returned while you wait.

Enhanced photo quality print will be available to order and make ideal framed pictures.

The Open Days run from 12:00 – 3:00 at the Blackdown Healthy Living Centre, Sat 9 & Sun 10 July and Sat 13 & Sun 14 August.

Free entrance, donations very welcome. All proceed to the Hemyock History and Archiving Association.

The centre is located at Riverside in Hemyock, Devon, on the site of the old Social Club for St Ivel milk factory employees.

Parking, modern disabled facilities and light refreshments available.


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