As work gets underway on the new £1.8m Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon extension, people are invited along to the launch of the new Pop Up Museum on February 14

Work is underway on the new extension for the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon.Work is underway on the new extension for the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon.

A Pop Up Museum will be launched in Barnstaple on Wednesday, February 14.

The museum at Bridge Chambers on The Strand will be open throughout the year while the new Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon’s Long Bridge Wing Extension is built.

Wednesday’s launch event at Bridge Chambers runs from 11am-4pm and all are welcome to find out more about the project, view artefacts, find out how to get involved and become a volunteer, watch film screening and enjoy the variety of activities on the day.

People are invited to bring their favourite wedding day picture to be scanned and the search is on to find North Devon’s oldest married couple.

The museum is also calling for local history experts to share their knowledge.

This will help identify objects, to tell their story under five themes – Life Stages Hatched, Matched, Dispatched; World of Work; Town and Country; Highdays and Holidays and House and Home. It will be the first time some of these objects have been on public display.

The first the theme is Hatched, Matched and Dispatched featuring items from the store connected to life in North Devon - birth, childhood, schooldays, weddings and anniversaries and funerals.

Sadie Green activity plan co-ordinator said “We would love to add copies of your wedding photographs from all over North Devon, to our collection.

“To celebrate Valentine’s Day we invite couples who got married across the decades in the 1900s to bring your favourite wedding day photo in on our launch day on February 14.”

The Museum is calling for local experts who know about North Devon’s history to get involved. Are you, or were you, a long–serving teacher, vicar, GP, nurse, midwife or Funeral Director? How has everything changed over the years?

There will be children’s activities and visitors are invited to dress in costume from the 1950s-80s.

The museum is also recruiting collections care volunteers to help move objects from storage to be cleaned, catalogued and documented throughout this year and all are welcome to help - to apply, visit the museum on the Square to pick up an application form or email to request one.

Follow the progress of the £1.8million extension project and the Pop Up Museum at or on the museum Facebook page