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.
We are hopeful that conditions will allow us to open the exhibition safely in April 2021, 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. People who have already kindly loaned items for the exhibition this year will be contacted in the coming weeks.
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.
Update 10/04/2021: Unfortunately the Covid 19 restrictions have prevented us re-opening in April 2021. If the predicted Government road map does not change, we are hoping that we will be able to re-open in July 2021 but we all need to be assured that we can do so safely for both our volunteers and visitors.
We are indebted to Sarah Green for the design and hosting of our website