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Record Offices in Devon

Which Record Office...?

There are 3 Record Offices in Devon based in Exeter, Barnstaple and Plymouth each of them holding archive collections relating to their geographical area.  Therefore, before visiting it is important to establish where the records are held that you wish to view.

Devon Record Office provide a guide: Which Record Office or Heritage Centre Should I Visit?

If in doubt though, staff are always happy to answer queries, so it is worth contacting them in advance. Remember that some records are only available to view on microfiche or microfilm, so you may need to book a fiche or film reader in advance.

Research Service

Unfortunately none of the record offices are able to offer a research service but can provide a list of Independent Researchers or Record Agents that you can hire.

Contact Details for each of the Record Offices

Devon Heritage Centre
Great Moor House
Bittern Road

Tel No: 01392 384253
Fax No: 01392 384256


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North Devon Record Office
Library and Record Office
Tuly Street
EX31 1EL

Tel No: 01271 388607 / 388608
Fax No: 01271 388608


Plymouth & West Devon Record Office
Unit 3
Clare Place

Tel No: 01752 305940


Libraries & Museums

  • Devon Museums - This site provides a guide to the museums and galleries in Devon, with contact details and links to their individual websites.
  • Barnstaple Local Studies Library - Located within North Devon Record Office.
  • Exmouth Library - Local studies resources.
  • Plymouth Local History - Located at Plymouth Central Library now at 167 - 171 Armada Way, Plymouth, PL1 1HZ (opposite the Armada Centre).
  • Plymouth Naval History - This collection includes books, images, journals and other artefacts providing an interesting history of the Royal Navy in Plymouth. This is now based at Devonport Library located at Chapel Street, Devonport, Plymouth, PL1 4DP.
  • Torbay Local Studies Library - Torquay Central Library hold the main collection of local study materials. Branch libraries at Brixham, Churston and Paignton also have local study collections on general topics and works specific to their locality.