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About the Beaford Archive and Hidden Histories Project

“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

Discover over 10,000 previously unseen photographs from the Beaford Archive: our Archive of photographs taken by James Ravilious and Roger Deakins capturing life in North Devon in the 1970s and 80s. Thanks to funding from the National Lottery’s Heritage Fund, we have been able to grant the communities of North Devon and beyond unprecedented access to a vast collection of over 80,000 images as contact sheets and digitised negatives.

Leaf through the Archive by starting a search above and discover more about the collection and North Devon communities.

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James Ravilious’ classification of his own images was meticulous with every photo being labelled as best, good, fair or poor. His iconic best and good photographs are well known having been published in exhibitions, publications and online previously. We have now been able to digitise a selection from his fair or poor – although it’s sometimes hard to believe they could be seen as anything other than outstanding examples of our social history.

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Untitled by James Ravilious


James Ravilious - April 1989