Welcome to Crediton Area History & Museum Society

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Welcome to CAHMS' website. We are an all-volunteer organisation which runs the town museum (including its family and house history Research Corner), maintains a substantial and growing archive of local documents, photographs and artefacts, and presents a fascinating programme of local history talks. If you are a regular visitor to this website, the website updates page (see button on side menu) will indicate what has changed since your last visit, and is a good place to start. 

Covid.  All our workers are volunteers and many are over 70 years old or otherwise vulnerable. Ours is a small museum. Much thought was given to how we could invite the public to visit in safety, but each time opening began to seem feasible, another lockdown thwarted us. As a result, we have been closed since the start of the pandemic, and only now at the end of summer 2021 can we contemplate a mini-exhibition for autumn and winter. See next section.

Christmas in the Museum. 


Why do we have advent calendars, Yule logs, Christmas stockings? Who invented Christmascrackers and cards? Along with answers to these and other questions we feature a Victorian Christmas, Christmas in Devon including Crediton Christmas events as recorded in the Crediton Courier, adverts and popular toys throughout the years. Children can write a letter to  Father Christmas and post it in the Victorian postbox, and do a scavenger hunt. Come and explore the magic of Christmas through the years at Crediton Museum. See What's On for details. Can you download and print the poster and display it somewhere local to you?

Research Corner.  The one-to-one nature of volunteer-assisted family history research work kept the RC closed since early 2020. We now plan to reopen as normal in spring 2022. In the meantime we are happy to tackle family, house and local history queries online with our home-based volunteers. Email your requirements to:

2022 Exhibition.  Our exhibition, ‘Back to the1950s - Crediton and Beyond’ was originally planned for 2020. We now hope we will be able to open the exhibition safely in 2022, and look forward to welcoming visitors to enjoy a journey back in time, to an age of rock’n’roll, and a country emerging from wartime deprivation in a new Elizabethan age.

Talks Programme.  Efforts are afoot to resume the talks programme as soon as possible. In the meantime we continue to present online talks via the CAHZoom joint initiative with Crediton Library. Keep an eye on the What's On page, in which we also try to include events presented by other local groups.

Thank You to all our many supporters and Friends we extend our sincere thanks for your continuing help in such difficult times. Please continue to support the local businesses that help us to survive through our Corporate Friends scheme, and the many wonderful volunteer groups and individuals in our special community who have cared for those in need during this crisis.




We are indebted to Sarah Green for the design and hosting of our website

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