What’s On

Politics and Protest

10-02-2024  -  13-04-2024

An exhibition of documents and images looking at the development of the political landscape of North Devon and Torridge from the 1700s to the 2000s.

Documentary Photography Open 2024 – Speaking Out: Changing Times

10-02-2024  -  13-04-2024

The Museum's annual photography competition is now open, with the theme for this year being 'Speaking Out: Changing Times'.

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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 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.


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.


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

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.

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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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