The Devon Record Office, Exeter, will close most of its operations as from
Monday, 5th July 2004, for about five months.  This is to allow time to make
final preparations   for the move to the new premises, to move the documents
from the existing two storage sites and to establish the office in the new
building, Great Moor House, Bittern Road, Sowton, Exeter, ready to open
again with significantly improved facilities and an enhanced service
designed to meet the needs of a wide range of users. This does not affect
the North Devon Record Office, Barnstaple, and the Plymouth and West Devon
Record Office, Plymouth, which will continue to operate as normal.

From Monday, 5th July 2004 there will be a service point, with copying
facilities, in the Castle Street, Exeter, premises, at which current
microfilm and microfiche sources  (parish registers, electoral registers,
tithe maps and apportionments, etc.) will continue to be made available but
with limited staffing.  The microfilm and microfiche copies of certain
categories of documents in the Devon Record Office, Exeter, currently held
in the North Devon Record Office, the Plymouth and West Devon Record Office,
and for their own areas, the various Service Points around the county, will
be able to be consulted at these locations as at present (but note that
Exeter staff will not be visiting the Service Points during the closure

The research service will continue to operate during the closure but may be
affected by the unavailability of documents at various periods while the
office is closed.

All other services will be suspended during the closure period.  This
includes photocopying (other than the facilities in the Castle Street
service point), enquiries (post, fax, e-mail and telephone) other than those
of a legal or official nature and the provision of copy microfilm/fiche of
parish registers.  We will not be able to accept deposits of records until
after the office opens in the new building.

Further information about the opening date of the Devon Record Office,
Exeter, at its new premises will be announced in due course.

For more information on the move plans and the new building itself, the
North Devon Record Office, the Plymouth and West Devon Record Office,
Service Points and the research service, see our web pages at:
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John Draisey
County Archivist
Devon Record Office

4th June 2004