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What’s On

Devonian Monsters

27-04-2024  -  06-07-2024

Step back 400 million years ago to a time long before the dinosaurs. Encounter a world filled with curious creatures that lived in the geological…

Katy Lee – Going on Taw

18-05-2024  -  06-07-2024

Going on Taw is an 18-month storytelling & poetry project that travelled the length of the River Taw from Source to Sea – culminating in…

Turner in Barnstaple

20-07-2024  -  12-10-2024

Turner in Barnstaple - coming to the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon - Summer 2024.

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Stories

North Devon in 100 Objects: 99. Earth to Earth – Sam Spoons’ Bench

The bench now installed in the museum garden was originally constructed by Martin Ash in his garden at Fremington.  Made of salvaged bricks, the work…

North Devon in 100 Objects: 100. The COVID Quilt

Our final object brings our collections right up to date.  The North Devon COVID Quilt has been made by local sewers using scraps from the…

North Devon in 100 Objects: 98. Phyllis White’s Screen

This beautiful silk screen depicts Barnstaple Fair, which still upholds many of its traditions, including the ceremonial opening by the Mayor.

North Devon in 100 Objects: 97. A Shapland and Petter Desk

This beautiful desk was made over 100 years ago by Shapland and Petter of Barnstaple in their state of the art factory, part of which…

North Devon in 100 Objects: 96. Mr and Mrs Rendle

These rather primitive paintings are a bit of a mystery. 18th century in style, they are not the work of the kind of professional painter…

North Devon in 100 Objects: 95. A Pilgrim’s Ampulla

Pilgrim’s ampullae are small leaden flasks which were bought by early medieval pilgrims visiting a saint’s shrine. In the ampulla they carried away a drop…

Bromley's Tearoom 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

North Devon Art Pottery

The museum holds one of the country's 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.

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.

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