THE Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon has today (November 12) received a grant of almost £8,000 for an exciting new project. The money from Museums, Libraries and Archives South West will fund an artistic project, as local artist peter Stiles delves in

THE Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon has today (November 12) received a grant of almost £8,000 for an exciting new project.The money from Museums, Libraries and Archives South West will fund an artistic project, as local artist peter Stiles delves into the museum's seaweed and marine biology specimens.It is part of Darwin 200, which will celebrate the great naturalist's bicentenary in February next year.Peter will be linking the museum collections in Barnstaple to the works of great writers such as Darwin, George Eliot and Philip Gosse, organising various activities to enable young people and families to get involved.Barnstaple is one of only 10 museums to receive money from the MLA's £150,000 New Expressions programme, which is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England."It is unprecedented for museums and artists to work together on this kind of regional scale," said Claire Gulliver from MLA South West, who developed the programme."The energy generated by ten exciting and unusual projects happening simultaneously over the coming months is a mouth-watering prospect for existing and new audiences.