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Beaford Archive: An ‘endless tapestry’ of rural north Devon
The Beaford Archive is a testament to the work of the late artist and photographer James Ravilious, who was commissioned by Beaford Arts in 1972 to document the people and landscape of rural north Devon. Ravilious's own work for the Beaford Archive covers the 1970s and 1980s. In addition, he copied over 7,000 old photographs of the same area spanning the period 1880-1920. On his death in 1999, both collections became the property of Beaford Arts.
The archive now holds more than seventy thousand images with a selection of seventeen hundred now available to view online at
www.beaford-arts.org.uk/archive/ . This archive has become what the Royal Photographic Society calls a ‘unique body of work, unparalleled at least in this country for its scale and quality’.