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Can we help you?

Whether you are researching the story of your home in Bishopsteignton, want to learn about local industries or just want to share your memories, we can help you!

If you would like to make a general inquiry, please visit our Contact page. Feel free to get in touch about research, donations, projects, special events and any other matters. You can also write to us or send us a message on our social media and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Getting in touch with your inquiry means we can make an appointment for you to visit the Heritage Hub. Here, we can offer you our full range of services:

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Accessing the Bishopsteignton archive

We are custodians of a rich record of life in Bishopsteignton covering centuries of people, places, events and the environment so that you can get up close to your Bishopsteignton heritage. At the Hub, we can help you carefully access and handle unique archive material and museum objects to help you learn about life in Bishopsteignton’s past, present and future. The collection contains all types of record: postcards, prints, letters, volumes, museum exhibition material, objects, artworks, garments, audio-visual recordings, parchment deeds, digital records, maps and plans. You are welcome to take photographs of material for private use but we are in the process of cataloguing and digitising the whole collection. Therefore, anything you want images of, we do too! At your request we are happy to digitise archive material or photograph objects, these will be published on our website at high quality but we can also send you maximum quality copies.

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Sharing and preserving your own archives

Since we are unable to collect and preserve all valuable material recording life in Bishopsteignton, it is extra important to us for you to look after your family photos, marriage certificates, diaries and letters at home. If you would like to learn more about looking after your treasures, start by taking a look at our series: At Home With Your Archive.

If you think you might have things at home, in the attic or under the bed, which would add to the rich archive we share at the Hub and online, get in touch to donate or lend material for digitisation. By temporarily lending us your archive material, you will contribute to a growing digital record of Bishopsteignton people, places, events and environments which can be accessed by anyone, anywhere, for as long as possible!

The digitisation process involves creating a useful and authentic digital version or ‘surrogate’ for physical items. This means that we end up with excellent quality digital images of photos, objects, letters, deeds and anything you can lend us. We are happy to provide full-quality digitisation image files as part of this process but some terms and conditions apply. If you want to know more about digitisation or other archival processes, please check out the Hub Handbook.

If you don’t live locally and/or are unable to visit the Hub in person, please get in touch and we will do our best to offer as many of our services to you as possible remotely. We are also happy to make appointments for telephone or video calls.

Sharing and preserving your own archives

Since we are unable to collect and preserve all valuable material recording life in Bishopsteignton, it is extra important to us for you to look after your family photos, marriage certificates, diaries and letters at home. If you would like to learn more about looking after your treasures, start by taking a look at our series: At Home With Your Archive.

If you think you might have things at home, in the attic or under the bed, which would add to the rich archive we share at the Hub and online, get in touch to donate or lend material for digitisation. By temporarily lending us your archive material, you will contribute to a growing digital record of Bishopsteignton people, places, events and environments which can be accessed by anyone, anywhere, for as long as possible!

The digitisation process involves creating a useful and authentic digital version or ‘surrogate’ for physical items. This means that we end up with excellent quality digital images of photos, objects, letters, deeds and anything you can lend us. We are happy to provide full-quality digitisation image files as part of this process but some terms and conditions apply. If you want to know more about digitisation or other archival processes, please check out the Hub Handbook.

If you don’t live locally and/or are unable to visit the Hub in person, please get in touch and we will do our best to offer as many of our services to you as possible remotely. We are also happy to make appointments for telephone or video calls.

Photograph of Clifford Wallis and Eleanor Wallis née Swain front
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Help with research

We have lots of resources available at the Hub to help you with your family history, house history or general historical research or local studies. We subscribe to Ancestry and FindMyPast so that you can use one of our Hub tablets to access digitised censuses, military records and much more! We can also help you use other digital resources such as the Know Your Place maps and other historic environment tools, local authority record office catalogues and museum collections online searches. We can also offer basic reprographics services to help with your research but some terms and conditions apply. We also hold a small reference library covering subjects of local and regional interest and we can help you get in touch with other local museums, archives and libraries to find the resources you need to forward your research and tell your story.

If you want to find out how you can help us by volunteering or contributing archive material, check out Join the team.

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