October 2016 saw the disbanding of the South Molton & District Archive and Local History Society.

The Society was started during the 1970s with the aim of promoting the history of South Molton, its people and its environs.

The changing scenes of the town and its inhabitants have been recorded; photographs or postcards lent by local people have been scanned and added to a large digital database.  Transcripts of Parish Registers, Census returns, copies of property deeds, historic documents have been collected.  The collections, which are now housed in part of the Museum premises, include recordings made by local people recalling their memories.

The result of research carried out by members has been filed and sometimes published.  Slide shows of the photographic archive have been shown to local groups and to the general public, plus exhibitions were occasionally held.  Information has been shared with the museum and other local history societies.

The records are starting to be integrated with the museum and some of the members of the society will become volunteers at the museum and will be happy to help the general public with research into local as well as family and house histories. In addition, some of the existing members have amalgamated with the Friends of South Molton Museum, under whose auspices the existing publications will continue to be supplied.

If there are queries that the museum may be able to help you with, please write to:

The Curator,
South Molton & District Museum,
The Guildhall,
Broad Street,
South Molton  
EX36 3AB.

The following booklets have been published and are available to buy from the South Molton Museum,  or by writing to the Curator of the Museum at the above address.




South Molton & District
  Local History
Old South Molton (1989)
The Lime Kilns of South Molton & Surroundings (1992)
Lest we Forget – War Memorials around South Molton
(1993, revised and updated 2012)
South Molton Churchyard – Gravestones, (1998)
The Independent Chapel, South Molton
– Register of Baptisms 1842-1921
South Molton Heritage Trail
(2000, revised and updated 2013)
South Molton Cottage Hospital, (1998, revised 2009)
South Molton Tannery, (2011)
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