Welcome to the Crediton Area History & Museum Society

The website of Crediton Area History & Museum Society.

We are an all-volunteer organisation which runs the town museum (including its family history Research Corner), maintains a substantial archive of local documents and photographs, 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.



The Coronavirus lockdown began just as we were about to assemble and open our 2020 exhibition 'Back to the1950s - Crediton and beyond’. Our season normally runs from April until October and the gradual easing of lock down restrictions enabled us to rethink how we might continue to operate.

All our workers are volunteers and many are over 70 years old or otherwise vulnerable. Ours is a small museum with severe size restrictions. Much thought was given to how we could invite the public to visit in safety. Reluctantly we decided that we would be unable to open at all in 2020.

Unfortunately 2021 has followed a similar pattern, and we have now (August) reluctantly decided that it will not be possible to hold our usual major exhibition this year. However, consideration is being given to a smaller exhibition later in the year.

We are hopeful that 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.

Until then we continue to operate as best we can remotely with our volunteers working from their homes, and in particular aim to deal in this way with local history enquiries and family history research projects. Please read the Contact Us page carefully for details about how to get in touch.

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


Devonmuseums link