MARCH got off to a great start at Crediton Library with a well-attended talk on notable Dartmoor women from tour guide Emma Cunis and a fully booked afternoon concert from popular folk singer Jim Causley.

There are still four more opportunities to go along to fascinating free presentations as part of the Warm Winter programme.

Tomorrow, Friday March 8, at 7pm, there will be an illustrated talk on Exeter Cathedral and its collections, given by the cathedral librarian Emma Laws.

The Cathedral Library holds thousands of books and documents dating from the 10th century to the present day and many original records about the history of the Cathedral itself and the Dean and Chapter.

Emma will be talking about some of the important and intriguing items to be found in its collections.

Mel Stride MP pictured with Kristy Turner at the Museum of Dartmoor Life in Okehampton in March 2023.
Mel Stride MP pictured with Kristy Turner at the Museum of Dartmoor Life in Okehampton in March 2023. (M Stride)

Next week, on Friday, March 15, at 7pm, there is a chance to meet the curator of the Museum of Dartmoor Life, Kristy Turner when she visits Crediton Library.

The Museum of Dartmoor Life, based in Okehampton, won a Silver Award in the category of Best Small Visitor Attraction for 2023-24 and celebrates everything associated with living and working on Dartmoor, from the prehistoric to the present day.

Kristy will be talking about the museum and its history, detailing some of the unusual artifacts both on display and in its stores, and discussing the special exhibition for 2024 which will be examining folklore and magic on Dartmoor.

There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and to tell Kristy any stories about the moor that are special to you.

Free refreshments will be available at both events as usual. Where possible, please book a place in advance by telephoning the library on 01363 772578, calling in during opening hours, or by sending an email to the Folklore Library and Archive, who organise and host the Warm Winter events, at: [email protected] .

The Warm Winter programme is supported through grant funding from the National Grid Community Matters Fund and Local Giving. The Folklore Library and Archive, based in Crediton Library is a registered charity dedicated to the collection and preservation of material related to traditions, customs, history and heritage. It is home to the Devonshire Folklore Collection. 

There are lots of opportunities to get more involved with the work of The Folklore Library and Archive as a volunteer, either in person or from home, particularly in relation to local history and heritage projects. If you are interested, please email [email protected] and arrange to find out more.