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The Blackdown Archives



The Blackdown Archives project is opening its doors for 10 days to capture peoples’ memories and

display its collection of more than 2300 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 partfunded

by the Blackdown Hills AONB’s 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 14 & Sun 15 May, Sat 11 & Sun 12 June, Sat 9 & Sun 10 July and Sat 13 & Sun 14 August.  


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



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.


Hemyock History & Archiving Association (HH&AA) is an unincorporated charity committed to

making the local history available to the wider community.  It relies solely on volunteers, donations

and grants – however, it does not stand idle and also organises its own regular, well attended fund

raising events, in the area.  For more information www.blackdownarchives.org.uk