For many years, The Dartmoor Trust have been campaigning for a Dartmoor Archive. Initial plans were for a Dartmoor Research Centre to be established somewhere on the Moor. However, with the increasing use and popularity of the internet, it became clear that a digital archive would provide better access for all those interested in learning more about Dartmoor.
In 2000, The Dartmoor Trust created two exhibitions: Dartmoor Century I and II. These displayed for the first time a selection of photographs taken from two major collections – The Taylor Collection and The Burnard Collection. The aim of the Dartmoor Century exhibitions was to emphasise the importance of collecting and conserving old photographs and, by comparing them to recent photographs of the same site, to highlight the changes that have taken place on Dartmoor.
Both exhibitions were very successful and are still touring the country, attracting many hundreds of visitors. The photographs from the exhibitions have also been published in two accompanying books. As a result of these exhibitions, and the ideas of The Dartmoor Trust, the Dartmoor Archive was born.
Now several years since it’s birth the Dartmoor Archive website is entering a new and exciting phase! The website has been reworked from the ground up to be cleaner, more user friendly and allow the user to experience more of what the Archive has to offer. View Website