Heritage Archives

What are the Heritage Centre Archives?

They are a collection of original records and documents which include legal documents such as deeds, wills, contracts, etc., minutes, financial records, school reports, letters, journals, maps, plans, printed books, pamphlets or ephemera, photographs, postcards and newspapers.

These objects have come to the Heritage Centre from an individual, a family, a corporate body or institution and are records of daily life or extraordinary decisions or events to do with Bude, Stratton and the surrounding area.

Rarity and auction house prices mean that like all archives, the Heritage Centre relies heavily on the generosity of public donations to develop and expand its collections. Donations of artefacts, documents and photographs relating to all aspects of life in the Bude and Stratton area are always most welcome and as an Accredited Archives, donors can be assured that professional care is given to all donations received.

The Heritage Centre archives have:

  • An extensive and fascinating collections of old photographs / postcards of Bude
  • A range of documents relating to the Bude Canal
  • Census Returns for Bude-Stratton from 1841-1891
  • A number of local parish records on micro fiche
  • Documents from and about local businesses, schools and events

The Archives also have a large and comprehensive collection of books on Bude, Cornwall and the West Country kindly on loan from Dr David Knight.

Who runs the Archives?

The Castle Manager has overall responsibility for the archives which are a service within The Castle. The Heritage Centre archives are run by a dedicated team of volunteers who through research and various activities support the Heritage Centre.
As an Accredited Heritage Centre there has to be professional curatorial advice and this is provided by the  Museum Development Officer for North and South East Cornwall, Stephanie Meads.

What do the Archives Volunteers do?

Among the many tasks the volunteers do are:

  • Caring for the archives collection by using the appropriate conservation methods and materials
  • Researching and transcribing old documents
  • Marking & labelling artefacts and doucments
  • Cataloguing
  • Compiling and maintaining history and information files

The services that the volunteers provide are:

  • Answering local history enquiries
  • Undertaking local history research for temporary or new displays in The Castle
  • Undertaking local history research for formal learning / specialist organisations
  • Undertaking local history research for members of the public
  • Identification of objects.

Who to Contact about Visiting the Archives

The volunteer team work Monday and Wednesday mornings 10:00 – 12:30.
If you want to visit the archives suite, and to avoid disappointment, an appointment must be made.

Contact: Anne Longley, Volunteer Co-ordinator on 01288 357303 or e-mail Museum@bude-stratton.gov.uk