Bring your memories to Barnstaple ‘Pop Up’ Museum

Posted on: 28 February 2018

On Wednesday 14 February, the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon launched it’s “Pop-up” museum across the road at Bridge Chambers. The launch was a great success with over 100 visitors who enjoyed looking at the Long Bridge Extension Project information display, a sneaky preview of objects from the store, folk music from Bideford Folk Club, balloons, not to mention plenty of tea and cake.

The museum is now calling for local experts who have knowledge of North Devon’s history to help identify objects and share their story relating to five themes. The first theme is ‘Hatched, Matched, Dispatched’, bringing some previously unseen items connected to births, schooldays, weddings and funerals and healthcare in North Devon. An interesting and varied collection of objects includes a pram, a cot, the Bishops Nympton Parish bier, Youings Stonemasonry tools and trolley and baby gloves from Pilton glove factory. They also have toys, school text books, badges and uniforms, Cub Scout and Brownie uniforms coming out of storage to be readied for possible future display.

The Pop Up is also running three memory workshops all at 11am on three consecutive Thursdays in March:

Sadie Green, Activity Plan Co-ordinator at the museum, says: “On March 1 our memory workshop topic is schooldays and we’d love to see your first day at school photographs, to be scanned for possible future display.

The topic for March 8 is sickness and health and we would love to hear from people who have worked in healthcare in the area – midwives, GP’s, nurses – and also find out more about the old Infirmary and the opening of the North Devon District Hospital.

On March 15 we’d love to see some wedding day photographs, so if you got married in North Devon and have a favourite photograph of your wedding day to share with us, please bring it along. At all the workshops, enjoy a cup of tea with us and bring your stories to write down on the day.”

Executive Member for Parks, Leisure and Culture, Councillor Dick Jones, says: “Even though the museum is operating out of a temporary space for the time being, they are still holding great events we hope that visitors will want to get involved to share their memories and stories of North Devon.” The Pop Up is open to the public on Mondays and Tuesdays (except public Holidays) between 11am-3pm. Please visit the Pop-Up museum to find out more, share your story with our volunteer story collectors, or join us as a community expert. You can also visit the Facebook page at PopUpBarnstaple.

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