High days and holidays at the Pop up Museum this August

Posted on: 20 August 2018

The Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon’s Pop-up Museum is calling for local residents to share their stories and memories of ‘High days and Holidays’.

The museum is interested in collecting stories and memories which will then be used as part of its new social history gallery around topics such as:

• Barnstaple and North Devon tourism
• hotels
• holidays
• leisure and entertainment
• local festivals
• fairs, carnivals and fetes
• customs
• folklore and folk tales

As well as this, the museum is collecting local words and phrases, to be used a book of North Devon dialect to be added to the new gallery.

North Devon Council’s Executive Member for Parks, Leisure and Culture, Councillor Dick Jones, says: “Everyone is welcome to visit the Pop-up Museum to get involved and share their memories of living in North Devon so they can be recorded for the social history gallery and enjoyed by future generations.”

Activity Plan Co-ordinator, Sadie Green says, “We are having a fascinating time listening to locals coming in and sharing their stories with us. We would love to hear from anyone who can tell us about community events and all things peculiar to Barnstaple and North Devon – travelling around on holiday in North Devon, taking the train or bus, what you did after school or work for entertainment such as going to the cinema or theatre, games you used to play, sports and pub clubs and societies. If anyone has stories and historical information about Barnstaple Fair, Torrington May Fair, Chulmleigh Old Fair or other local festivals, please come in and see us!”

This recent collection is part of the museum’s new social history gallery display, connected to five themes ‘Hatched, Matched, Dispatched’, ‘World of Work’, ‘Town and Country’ and ‘Highdays and Holidays’. The next one will be ‘House and Home’.

The museum also needs your help to gather information about some of the objects that have been added to their collection so far, including:

• 1914 Elliott’s Ralli car
• motoring and tourists’ maps and manuals
• bus timetables
• barnstaple station sign and railway tickets
• Orchard theatre, Queens Theatre and John Gay Theatre programmes
• Taw Torridge arts festival programmes
• Barnstaple and Ilfracombe amateur operatic societies.

The Pop-up Museum is open at Bridge Chambers on The Strand, Barnstaple, Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm.

For more information follow and like the Pop up FB page @Popupbarnstaple to follow our progress, see events, photos and stories.

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