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The Ball Clay Heritage Society

Formed in 2000, the Society exits to preserve, conserve and realise the rich heritage of ball clay production in South and North Devon and Dorset, and to further public knowledge and understanding of all aspects of the industry.

Members meet together to enjoy talks and outings, and are actively involved in conservation and recording the Society's growing collection of artefacts, archive material and photographs. The Society maintains this website, publishes an occasional Journal, and is working to make its important industrial heritage collection more accessible through displays and exhibitions.

  • For more details of the Society's Constitution and Activities, click here.
  • For details of officers and the committee of the Society, click here.
  • For details of membership, click here.
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A seam of ball clay being worked by Felix 'Nobby' Vallance using a pneumatic spader in an underground mine with timber supports, c1950.