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The museum was established in 1989 bringing together collections from the Barnstaple Literary and Scientific Institution (established 1845) and the North Devon Athenaeum (1889) as well as the Barnstaple Borough Museum which opened in 1923.
Notable collections include significant local geology and minerals, the local industries of Brannams pottery and Shapland and Petter furniture manufacture and the regimental collection of the Royal Devon Yeomanry.


Highlighted 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.

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.

Research Opportunities

With over 80,000 objects the museum actively encourages academic research from people working in the United Kingdom.

Collections Enquiries

The museum welcomes donations and loans with a direct connection to North Devon.


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