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.

Our 2022 exhibition. Two years later than we originally planned, our exhibition 'Back to the1950s' will be opening on April 20th. We 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. Further details in What's On.. 

Research Corner.  The one-to-one nature of volunteer-assisted family history research work kept the RC closed since early 2020. but we are reopening in spring 2022. Details are on the Find Your Past page. Contact familyhistory@creditonhistory.org.uk with your requirements.

Monthly Talks. 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. As this doesn't suit everyone - partly because of the lack of social interaction - we have a facility to go on Zoom at the museum with a projector and screen. (Our thanks to Mike Brett for technical assistance). We can easily accommodate a dozen or more seated there watching the talk, and can even ask questions. 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.

1743 Map project. Our 2023 exhibiton will be based on a major project researching our famous 1743 map of the town immediately before the great fire. The project is led by Tony Gale and we are fortunate to have several experts in different fields helping us to interpret the map, a copy of which is on show at the museum. Modern technology is enabling much more to be gleaned from the map and relating this to the buildings, businesses and families in the High Street in 1743 is proving fascinating and most revealing. 

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.




Our website was designed and hosted by Sarah Green. We were saddened to receive news of her death early in 2022.

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