The Archives

The Archives

The Heritage Centre Archives are a collection of original records and documents from the legal, such as deeds, wills, and contracts, through to more personal records like school reports, photographs, postcards to a collection of newspapers, books and printed media.

All artefacts 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 Archive, donors can be assured that professional care is given to all donations received.

In 2017 we launched a Friend of The Castle scheme to help ensure our vibrant legacy continues.

The Heritage Centre Archives have:

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

The Archives also have a collection of books on Bude, Cornwall and the West Country, some of which are kindly on loan.

Our Heritage Development Officer, Janine King, oversees the day-to-day running of the Archives which are administered by a committed team of volunteers who, through research and other activities, support the development of the Heritage Centre.

Among the many tasks the volunteers carry out are:

  • Caring for the archives collection by using the appropriate conservation methods and materials
  • Researching and transcribing old documents
  • The marking and labelling of artefacts and documents
  • 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 and specialist organisations
  • Undertaking local history research for members of the public
    Identification of objects.

As an Accredited Heritage Centre, we are fully committed to the nationally agreed standards of the Accreditation Scheme. Our professional curatorial advice is provided by the Museum Development Officer for Cornwall.

If you wish to visit the archives suite an appointment must be made as our volunteer team are not available daily.

Please contact Janine King, Heritage Development Officer on 01288 357303 or email Janine works part-time on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday so may not be available to respond immediately but will be in touch as soon as she can.