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Stories

Stories
Sharing stories through articles, oral histories and film the museum hopes to record the wonderful tales of North Devon and inspire a new generation of story-telling.
If you have a story about our objects, historic events, local industries or daily life in North Devon, please complete a story collecting form.

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.

Spanning Proud: The Evolution of Barnstaple’s Long Bridge.

The story of the Barnstaple Long Bridge and its evolution from a pack horse pathway to lorry laden thoroughfare.

Admiration for the People: The James Ravilious Collection.

Ella Ravilious reflects on her father's inspiration and photographic prints held in the museum collection.

The North Devon Jewish Pioneer Corps

During the Second World War over 3,000 Jews arrived in North Devon, stationed in Ilfracombe, Bideford and Westward Ho!

From Pickle to Parish: The Surgeon’s Coat of Simon Britton

A doctor's journey from the Battle of Trafalgar to conflicts in Barnstaple.

Breaking The Mould – The Suffrage Movement in North Devon

On August 4th, 1913, a car was spotted speeding away from a North Devon mansion. Moments later flames lit up the sky.

God touched their Hearts: The Huguenots of Barnstaple

How the Huguenot table rug tells a story of compassion, integration and a new age of textiles.

Holy Lands: The Royal Devon Yeomanry in Palestine

On 3rd Dec 1917 the 16th Royal Devon Yeomanry engaged in their biggest and most costly conflict, the battle of El Foka.

Dressed for Chill: The Appledore Gansey

A knitter's look at the rich history and folklore of the Appledore gansey or fishermen's 'frock'.

From Spoons to Bricks: Martin Ash’s bench

A bench constructed from locally made bricks has become the museum garden’s intriguing new centrepiece.

6000 Flowers: The Story of the North Devon Sugarcraft Guild

The Barnstaple in Bloom sugarpaste model and the creation of the North Devon Sugarcraft Guild.

Hamleys and the Gold State Coach: The Peggy Lines Collection

Part of the Peggy Lines Collection, this wonderful coach forms part of 400 toys donated to the museum.

100 People 100 Stories

Watch our ongoing film project 100 People 100 Stories documenting North Devonian tales and life stories.

Oral History Archive

The oral history archive records and documents the institutes, industries and people of North Devon.

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