Find out about: The Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon

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The Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon

The Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon is the perfect way to find out more about North Devon. Our collections and displays cover the natural and human history of this beautiful part of the country. Highlights of the Museum include the Tarka Gallery, the Story of North Devon and the Regimental Collection of the Royal Devon Yeomanry.

The entrance to the museum includes a Gift Shop, Tea Room, Tourist Information and Visitor Reception.

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Facilities

  • Toilets On-Site

    Toilets On-Site

  • Wheelchair access

    Wheelchair Access

  • Cafe on-site

    Refreshments On-Site

  • Childrens activities

    Family friendly

  • Gift Shop

    Gift Shop

Toilet with Baby Changing facility. Ground floor wheelchair accessable with stairlift to 1st floor galleries. Gift Shop, Tea Room and Tourist Information

Exhibitions and Projects

  • Salar the Salmon

    06 Sep 14 to 18 Oct 14

  • Big Draw

    Big Draw

    25 Oct 14 to 08 Nov 14

  • Paintings of Local Scenes by Rosemary Barrow

    Paintings of Local Scenes by Rosemary Barrow

    30 Aug 14 to 11 Oct 14

  • North Devon in Photographs

    North Devon in Photographs

    15 Nov 14 to 10 Jan 15

Our Next Event

Call for entries 2014 North Devon Heritage Photographic Competition

Call for entries 2014 North Devon Heritage Photographic Competition

When: 01 September 2014 to 06 October 2014
Where: Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon

Come on all you budding and professional photographers - Get Snapping!

It's time to enter the Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon's annual North Devon Heritage Photographic Competition in partnership with the Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership and the North Devon Coast Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

With classes for Under 16s and for Adults there is no excuse for not entering this year's competition. 

We have lots to celebrate in 2014 -

The Museum's Silver Anniversary - 25 years - so we are also running a special Museum Category - along with our regular six categories of;

  • Towns & Villages
  • The Coast & The Sea
  • Characters
  • Landscape
  • Wildlife
  • Anything Goes!

The judge for 2014 is Dave Green. 

Dave is a contemporary photographic artist who has built up a unique vision of the world through his digitally constructed images.  Renowned for these innovative fused montages and his multi-layered 'ghostcard' technique he continues to push the boundries of photography and regularly exhibits his creative work both locally and as far a field as the USA. With a background in graphic design and commercial photography, he is also a qualified and experienced teacher of photography and an active committee member of Bideford Bay Creatives, promoting the Arts in North Devon. www.greengallery.co.uk

The Diamond Anniversary of Exmoor National Park - 60 years - with the Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership (EMLP) sponsoring the Heart of Exmoor Prize The theme for their category this year is 'Celebrating Exmoor's Heritage'.

55 years of the North Devon Coast Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).  To celebrate this birthday the AONB category is 'Your Very Special Place'.

We are sure you'll want to find out further details and grab an entry form so just click here to download all the information.

Closing date for entries is the 6th October 2014.  Selected entries will be shown in the Museum's North Devon in Photographs exhibition which runs from 15th November 2014 to 10th January 2015 - look at the 'Exhibitions' page to discover more about this annual display.

If you would like more information or an entry form posted to you email museum@northdevon.gov.uk or Tel: 01271 346747

For details about the EMLP look on www.heartofexmoor.org.uk and to find out more about the AONB look on www.northdevon-aonb.org.uk or www.explorethecoast.org.

 Image by Alma Williams: The Quack, Medieval Doctor - from our 2013 competition

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Our Collections

The Museum holds the collections of the North Devon Athenaeum and the old Barnstaple Town Museum, and uses them in exciting and innovative ways to tell the fascinating story of this beautiful part of Devon.

As well as social history, the museum holds archaeology, natural history, and decorative arts collections covering the whole of North Devon.

 

The Tarka Gallery

Follow the otter's trail from river to sea, find out how you can help to encourage wild creatures into your garden, discover the local Culm Grassland areas or just take a look at animals, birds and insects close-up.

The Tarka Gallery

The Undersea World

The Undersea World includes turtles, fish and marine mammals from North Devon's coast and looks at the marine environment of this wonderful region. Beneath the ocean we reveal the underwater life of the turtles, dolphins, gulls, porpoises and ganets.

The Undersea World

North Devon Art Pottery

The museum is home to the largest public collection of North Devon Art Pottery. Building on the established tradition of sgraffito decoration, the three potters Brannam, Lauder and Baron produced some very distinctive work.

North Devon Art Pottery

Shapland & Petter Furniture

The Shapland & Petter collection is based on the archive and furniture donated by the company and is gradually being built up. We are always interested to hear from anyone who has items of furniture we could record for the archive.

Shapland & Petter Furniture

Geology, archaeology and pre-history

Discover the how our ancestors lived in Devon, Through amazing objects like the whale bone fishing spear from Westward Ho! this gallery will let you in on the pre-historic secrets hidden in our landscape.

Geology, archaeology and pre-history
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Our Latest news

  • Results for the Adult classes of the North Devon Heritage Photographic Competition 2013

    10 December 2013

    The Museum received many entries for its annual North Devon Heritage Photographic Competit...read more

  • Under 16s winners of the North Devon Heritage Photographic Competition 2013

    10 December 2013

    Well done to all the Under 16s who entered the Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon's He...read more

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Audio Files

Close Box

Podcast

History Sounds

Have a listen to some of our oral history files...

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Museum Videos

  • Mr David Morrish
  • Colin Allbrook and Alan Dodd
  • The Olympic Torch in Barnstaple
  • Ingrid Allen talks about The Queens Theatre
  • Amba and Alec Oakley Remembering the Queens Hall/Queens Theatre

Admission & Prices

Admission FREE

Opening Times
Winter (from Monday 4th November 2013 until Saturday 22nd March 2014)
Monday - Saturday: 10.00 - 16.00
Tea Room - 10am - 3.30pm
Sunday: Closed

Summer (from Monday 24th March until Saturday 1st November 2014)
Monday - Saturday: 10.00 - 17.00
Tea Room - 10am - 4pm
Sunday: Closed

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The Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon

Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon
The Square

Barnstaple, DEVON EX32 8LN