Welcome to Hidden Histories

of The Beaford Archive


About Hidden Histories

“The material of the Beaford Archive, belonging to its future and rooted in its past, is of and for North Devon in the most fundamental sense.” Founding Director John Lane, 1974

Over the coming months we will be digitising 10,000 previously unseen images from the Beaford Archive. An archive of photos taken by James Ravilious and Roger Deakins capturing life in North Devon over a 20 year period starting in the early 70s. On this site you will be able to leaf through the archive and to share your thoughts.

James Ravilious’ classification of his own images was meticulous with every photo being labelled as best, good, fair or poor. With his best and good images already available on the Beaford Arts website, we are now digitising a selection from his fair or poor – although it’s sometimes hard to believe they could be seen as anything other than outstanding. Now classified as social history photos these images will take you back to an era gone by.

Come back again and share your memories as more and more images are added to this incredible historical record over the next few years.

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Roger Deakins - 1972