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What’s On

Documentary Photography Open 2022 – Our Environment

19/02/2022  -  30/04/2022

The theme for the Documentary Photography Open 2022 is announced! Free to enter with a public prize of £300.

Busy Hands: What the Shappie Boys did next

16/10/2021  -  18/02/2022

Busy Hands showcases the ex-employees of Shapland and Petter who still use their wood-working skills today.

North Devon in 100 Objects

17/07/2021  -  05/02/2022

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

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A Barnstaple Boy: William Frederick Rock.

Ten interesting facts about Barnstaple's biggest benefactor William Frederick Rock.

East Meets Southwest: The Japanese influence on North Devon Pottery.

The story of the Japonisme movement and its influence on North Devon Pottery.

A True Gent: Lauriston Vernon Davis

From Jamaica to Devon: The inspirational story of Lauriston Vernon Davis.

A Fine Herbarium: The Reverend Hore Collection.

The Rev. William Hore of Shebbear church and his significant collection of 600 seaweeds.

A Blossoming Friendship: The Clara Peters Collection

The story of Clara Peters' watercolor collection and her life at Arlington Court.

A Showman’s Commission: The Lost Edgar Wallace Furniture

The intriguing Shapland and Petter furniture order from King Kong creator Edgar Wallace.

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.


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


Royal Devon Yeomanry

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

Social History

Everyday objects used by the people of North Devon over the last five hundred years.

Fine Art

A rich collection of North Devon artists such as Frederick Richard Lee, Joseph Kennedy, Brian Chugg and Wilfred Avery.

Geology and Minerals

Significant geology and minerals collection from Victorian collectors and the North Devon coastline.

Natural History

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


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

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.

Support Us

Our supporters mean a huge amount to the museum. Whether its making a donation during your visit or leaving a legacy in your will.