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The Archive Room
 The Archive Room is home to the Dulverton and Exmoor Photographic Archive. It provides local people and visitors with a valuable resource of old photographs of Dulverton and some of the villages on Exmoor.

We are very proud to host the (late) Michael Deering photographic collection where our visitors can peruse generally or look for specific photographs using the very comprehensive manual index.  Subject to the checking of copyright it may be possible to purchase a copy of a photo within the collection.  Payment has to be made at time of request.  Forms and further information can be downloaded here.  
We have additional photographs constantly being donated to the Centre and we are making these available to our visitors too.

Those researching family history or the history of their property or village may find useful material in the Archive and copies may be purchased (subject to compliance with copyright legislation) for a minimum donation of £10 (includes postage and packing to UK only) Details from the Volunteer on duty in the Main Exhibition Room downstairs.
To celebrate the many diverse businesses in Dulverton we have collated a wonderful photographic collection of shops both past and present.  Many photographs are loaned by local private collectors and we are extremely grateful to them to allow us to share their photos with you.

The Archive Room also has computer access to the Exmoor Oral History Archive. Recordings were made by Birdie Johnson for the Oral History Archive Project and many local characters are featured in this unique collection. Extracts can be heard by using an antique telephone, CD player or the PC that are placed in this room.
A touch screen computer in this room has a selection of short, local historic film clips. These were originally filmed on cine cameras but have been transferred to DVDs for viewing. The oldest of these films shows carnival time after World War II and several of our visitors have identified their own family members.

The "REFLECTIONS, life portraits of Exmoor" book (including CD) which accompanies the archive, can be purchased from our shop during normal opening  hours or postage and packing can be arranged if necessary e-mail here to enquire.

We have a number of reference books relevant to Dulverton and its locality for use by our visitors, including a copy of "The Book of Dulverton" and "Old Dulverton and Around".  (As the books are now out of print, you will need to e-mail us here before your visit, so that they can be made available to you please give us at least 7 days notice).

We also have a photocopy of "Kellys Directory" covering Dulverton and villages in the locality – a fascinating record of years gone by.

We are constantly seeking to develop our Archive further and if you have any old photos or cine camera footage that you would like to loan or donate to us, then please e-mail us HERE and give as much detail as possible and we will contact you.  
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