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North Devon in 100 Objects

17/07/2021  -  08/01/2022

Costs: Free


North Devon in 100 Objects celebrates the finest items in our collections, telling the greatest stories of our people and region.

The Leach Potters of North Devon

31/07/2021  -  02/10/2021

Costs: Free

Celebrating the ‘Leach tradition’ in North Devon and how design and travel influenced Michael and Philip Leach's work.

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Stories

Spanning Proud: The Evolution of Barnstaple’s Long Bridge.

The story of the Barnstaple Long Bridge and its evolution from a pack horse pathway to lorry laden thoroughfare.

Admiration for the People: The James Ravilious Collection.

Ella Ravilious reflects on her father's inspiration and photographic prints held in the museum collection.

The North Devon Jewish Pioneer Corps

During the Second World War over 3,000 Jews arrived in North Devon, stationed in Ilfracombe, Bideford and Westward Ho!

From Pickle to Parish: The Surgeon’s Coat of Simon Britton

A doctor's journey from the Battle of Trafalgar to conflicts in Barnstaple.

Breaking The Mould – The Suffrage Movement in North Devon

On August 4th, 1913, a car was spotted speeding away from a North Devon mansion. Moments later flames lit up the sky.

God touched their Hearts: The Huguenots of Barnstaple

How the Huguenot table rug tells a story of compassion, integration and a new age of textiles.

Admiration for the People: The James Ravilious Collection.

Ella Ravilious reflects on her father's inspiration and photographic prints held in the museum collection.

Hamleys and the Gold State Coach: The Peggy Lines Collection

Part of the Peggy Lines Collection, this wonderful coach forms part of 400 toys donated to the museum.

6000 Flowers: The Story of the North Devon Sugarcraft Guild

The Barnstaple in Bloom sugarpaste model and the creation of the North Devon Sugarcraft Guild.

From Spoons to Bricks: Martin Ash’s bench

A bench constructed from locally made bricks has become the museum garden’s intriguing new centrepiece.

Dressed for Chill: The Appledore Gansey

A knitter's look at the rich history and folklore of the Appledore gansey or fishermen's 'frock'.

God touched their Hearts: The Huguenots of Barnstaple

How the Huguenot table rug tells a story of compassion, integration and a new age of textiles.

Bromley's at the Museum

Named in honour of Bromley’s Cafe our tearoom is situated on the ground floor, where you can relax with beautiful views of the square.

Shop

Our bright and welcoming shop provides a range of unique gifts, inspired by the exhibitions and collections and promoting local makers.

Collections

Natural History

Over 10,000 plants and animals, including Victorian herbaria and the remains of the Barnstaple Elephant.

Archaeology

Archaeological material from the Paleolithic period to 18th century, including local excavated and chance finds.

Metalwork

Spanning the 16th Century onwards the collection includes tableware, decorative metalwork and ecclesiastical silverware.

North Devon Art Pottery

The museum holds one of the countries finest collections of North Devon Pottery from the medieval period to present day.

Shapland and Petter

Barnstaple's largest employer of the 20th century, the S&P collection includes some of the finest Arts and Crafts furniture.

Royal Devon Yeomanry

The museum is home to the military collections of the Royal Devon Yeomanry.

Volunteer With Us

There are many ways you can volunteer to care for North Devon’s heritage, helping to provide an amazing service to Barnstaple’s museum visitors.

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