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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. 

A Christmas Message from the Executive Committee

The Executive send best wishes for Xmas and the New Year to all members and Friends of Crediton Museum. This year has at last seen us coming out of our shell a little and we're looking forward to reopening properly in April 2022. Current headlines are

Congratulations to our great group of exhibition leaders and stewards, led by Helena Sykes and Cheryl Lewis on their 'mini' exhibition. Of course, it was mini in one way only. The amount of work involved in designing, preparing and building even a short-lived exhibition is huge but they did it. Many thanks to them all.

You should all be aware that we have been collaborating with our affiliated local history groups, chiefly Sandford and Newton St. Cyres, and Crediton Library who run the Zoom facility, in holding some monthly talks by Zoom. We realise that this doesn't suit a number of you, partly because of the lack of social interaction. So, when the museum no longer houses an exhibition, Mike Brett has kindly assisted us in setting up a facility to go on Zoom at the museum with a projector and screen. We can easily accommodate a dozen or more seated there watching the talk, and even with the ability to ask questions. We'll start doing that at the January talk, 4pm on Friday 14 January. Tony Gale is speaking on the Copple Stone, another excellent piece of. research he has recently carried out. Just turn up at the museum just before 4pm, or if you prefer to Zoom from home, email crediton.library@librariesunlimited.org.uk in the usual way. Keep an eye on the What's On page, in which we also try to include events presented by other local groups.

Although at the present time we are holding our breath about future Covid 19 restrictions, there must surely be increasing hope that we will be on top of it by next summer. If so, is it too much to hope that we can then return to near-normal? Over these last two years we have been most grateful to you all for your continuing support. Contributions by the Town Council have been maintained and we are eternally grateful to Henry and Susan Parker and the Downes Trust for the rooms they make available for us to house our collection. Don't know where we'd be without them. Please, in turn, do all that you can to support the local businesses that make annual contributions to us.

You've probably read about this (details on poster) and we still have a few left for that last minute Xmas present. If you'd like one, phone (or email) David Nation on 01363774441



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.

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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