The Exmoor Resource Centre
You’ll find a warm welcome at The Exmoor Resource Centre, located at our offices in Dulverton. We are open between 10 am and 4 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 10 am and 3 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We are always pleased to meet members and visitors alike. Please note we are closed on weekends and Bank Holidays and currently Coronavirus restrictions apply. Use of the archives and reference library are by appointment only.
We display material on current issues and campaigns for the conservation of Exmoor National Park, and literature to help people enjoy and understand its special qualities. There is also information about our walks programme, competitions, membership and other events organised by ourselves and our partners.
Our archives contain documents relating to the history of the National Park for over 60 years. These include reports, letters, slides, maps, pamphlets and other items, all of which are accessible to the general public (including schoolchildren) and academics. If you wish to use the archives, it is essential that you make an appointment and that you give us a minimum of 5 working days notice. This is so that we can ensure we have a volunteer available to help you and prepare material for you.
In 2014 the Society began its project Unlocking Exmoor’s Heritage. As part of this, thousands of archive items were catalogued, many for the first time. The archive catalogue and information on how to use it can be found here.
There is a regular display of material from the archives, with changing themes from woodlands to wildlife, industry to the infamous!
For detailed enquiries, please contact Dr Helen Blackman, Outreach Archivist (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Reference Library
Currently because of Coronavirus, use of our reference library is strictly by appointment only. The library offers one of the best collections of books about Exmoor contained in one place. If you’re interested in historical events we have information on the Lynmouth flood; the second World War as it affected Exmoor; smugglers and even a book on Somerset privvies. We have texts on archaeology by Grinsell, Eardley-Wilmot and Wilson-North. For wildlife enthusiasts we have information on red deer; Exmoor ponies; birds and butterflies. If it’s fiction you’re interested in we have over 20 different editions of Blackmore’s classic Lorna Doone as well as some of his lesser-known works. We have a collection of Henry Williamson novels and Whyte-Melville’s swashbuckling Katerfelto.
The Exmoor Review is digitised from 1959 to the present and contains a plethora of articles on many aspects of Exmoor – its wildlife; landscape and history. This is available in the Resource Centre or if you are a member of the Society we will send you digital back copies on request. We hold some other unusual Exmoor journals such as the Lyn Valley News; Dulverton and Brushford Magazine and the Journal of the West Somerset Village History Society. Come and browse through the Microstudies and find out about churches and chapels; ships and harbours; murder and mystery and the fish of Exmoor.
The Library has been built up over decades, mainly through kind donations from members. In 2014 it was decided to change from a lending library to a reference-only library. This has enabled us to weed out duplicate copies of books. We have sold these second hand and the money has been set aside to buy new books for the library to ensure that it stays up to date and as comprehensive as we can manage. Pictured above is a selection of the books we have been able to obtain in this way.
If you have any Exmoor books which you would like to donate, we would be very happy to receive them. If we do not have them in the library we will add them to our collection. If we already have them we will sell them in the Society’s shop and put the money raised towards new books and the running of the library.
Workspace is available for members of the public and researchers, offering facilities for laptops, access to the material in our archives and free WiFi.
We offer a small selection of books, cards, notelets, mounted photographs, etc. with an Exmoor theme, current and back copies of The Exmoor Review, and second-hand books.