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What’s On

Documentary Photography Open 2022 – Our Environment

15/11/2021  -  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  -  08/01/2022

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 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.

The Seekers: The South West Coast Path during Wartime.

The 1940's photo album documenting a couple's walking holiday along the South West Coast Path during wartime.

Best Wishes To Matron: Jane Appleton’s WW1 autograph book.

Jane Appleton's autograph album crammed with tokens of appreciation from the recovering soldiers of WW1.

Unnatural Women: The High Life of Rosemary Rees.

The high life of Rosemary Rees (Lady du Cros), one of the first pioneering female WWII pilots.

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.


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.

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.