The Otter Valley Association has created an expanding historical archive to which anyone can contribute. It was originally designed to record short biographies of individuals who once lived in the lower Otter Valley; though, for obvious reasons, it is only concerned with people no longer living. The concept has now been extended to include short family histories (though not family trees) and historical articles relevant to the area. It provides local historians, and those with an interest in history, an opportunity to record small pieces of work in a way that is instantly and publicly available.

Anyone may submit an article. All articles will be reviewed by a moderator, who is appointed by the OVA Executive Committee. The moderator may ask for editorial changes to be made, otherwise editing will be restricted to correcting obvious minor typographical or format inconsistencies. The moderator may also reject articles that might be considered to be inappropriate or insufficiently researched, or refer articles to the Executive Committee for a final decision. The content of any article, therefore, reflects the views of the author and, unless otherwise stated, the author retains the copyright of their work.

By way of general introduction, a comprehensive historical summary for each community within the lower Otter Valley has been included. These histories are individually authored and were compiled in 1983/4. Over the intervening years some aspects of interpretation may have changed, or be challengeable, in light of what we know now.

We have named this venture OVApedia. The entries are fully indexed and can be searched using free text search.

Search the OVApedia archive under OVApedia Search.

Detailed advice on style and format for submitting an article is given under Submit an Article.