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The Devon Heritage Centre is located at Great Moor House, Bittern Road, Sowton, Exeter, about 3 miles east of the city centre. It has been the headquarters office of the Devon Heritage Services, since 2 October 2012.
It holds the archive collections from the former Devon Record Office, which moved to Great Moor House from the centre of Exeter early in 2005, and also the local studies collection formerly held in the reading room of the Westcountry Studies Library in Castle Street, Exeter. The reading room of the Westcountry Studies Library closed on Saturday 21 September, 2012 and the reading room collections are now available at the Devon Heritage Centre. By late spring 2014 it is hoped that all of the remaining local studies collections, which are held in Castle Street in a closed store, will be transferred to the Devon Heritage Centre.
The archive collections from the Devon Record Office had previously been held in three separate repositories - the Exeter City Library, the East Devon Record Office (formerly known as the Exeter City Record Office) and the old Devon County Record Office. In 1977 these three repositories had been amalgamated to form the Devon Record Office in Castle Street, Exeter which had remained in those premises until early in 2005. When the record office at Great Moor House opened in March of that year, it replaced both the premises at Castle Street and a large outstore at Marsh Barton.
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