Devon Archives Talks and Tours

Talks We Offer

Our team is happy to provide talks on the work of the Devon Archives and Local Studies service and the records it holds.  We can either visit you in your usual venue, or you are welcome to come to the Devon Heritage Centre in Exeter  or North Devon Record Office in Barnstaple.

​If you do not see a topic which suits your requirements, please do contact us.  Where possible we do endeavour to tailor themes and topics to your particular research needs.

Introduction to the Devon Heritage Centre / North Devon Record Office

This talk provides a brief introduction to the history of the Devon Archives service. It provides an introduction to the main groups of records we hold (including church records and the records of the very rich and the very poor), explains how we list and look after archives, and provides a summary of some of the other services we provide.

Research Your Family History

Family historians make up the largest percentage of our users and with programmes such as Who Do You Think You Are and the availability of websites such as Ancestry and Find My Past, family history or genealogy continues to grow in popularity. This talk provides a brief introduction to the types of records that can help you put together your family tree.

How to Research the History of Your House

This talk covers some of the main sources available for house history research in the archives and suggests what information may be found in these sources.

Tours We Offer

Guided tours of the Devon Heritage Centre are available for groups of up to fifteen people.

Tours usually begin either in the searchroom or the outreach room, where visitors can view a selection of documents which relate to their region or subject of interest.  After that, groups are taken behind-the-scenes to see areas which are not normally open to the public.

These include some of the strongrooms in which archival material is stored, the Document Reception Suite, where records are cleaned, accessioned, repackaged and catalogued, the digitisation room, where documents are photographed, and the Conservation Studio, where documents, photographs and other records are preserved and conserved.

Tours usually last 1.5 – 2 hours.


You can see the list of charges for tours and talks for Devon Heritage Centre and for North Devon Record Office.

To book, please complete the talk booking form or tour booking form.

Or, for more information

Tel: 01392 888700