The archival material was first gathered by a number of individuals, most importantly the past Chairman and Secretary, Drs Bob and Alison Simkins, who lived in the Old School House, Pound Street, Moretonhampstead until 2006. They were the first to try and impose some order on the material they acquired and created in connection with the history of Moretonhampstead.

When Bob Simkins died, and Ian Mortimer took over the Chairmanship, a considerable amount of material was transferred to Dr Mortimer’s house. The original order and sequences of files had by then been lost. Material was grouped into boxes and roughly listed on 10 July 2006. The collection was formally described to those present at the October 2006 AGM of the History Society. Further material was handed over when the late Drs Simkins’ house was cleared prior to being sold in 2007. Other boxes were passed to Dr Mortimer in 2006/7 by the widow of the late Peter Collier, a long-serving member of the Society.

The material was transferred to the house of the president, Professor Ian Mercer, on 7 August 2007.

Since early 2012 funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Teignbridge District Council has enabled all the archives to be sorted and stored in bespoke archive boxes at the former primary school, now called Green Hill Arts and Heritage Centre, Fore St., Moretonhampstead TQ13 8LL.

There is now an online database of the material which has been catalogued and may be queried at