Some great pictures of people enjoying themselves in North Devon’s past have emerged as part of the ongoing work of Barnstaple’s Pop Up museum.

A scene from the North Devon Show in the 1980s. Picture: J SutherlandA scene from the North Devon Show in the 1980s. Picture: J Sutherland

The latest theme of Highdays and Holidays has thrown up pictures from fairs and events of the past, many of which are still going strong.

The Pop Up at Bridge Chambers on the Strand is open from Monday to Saturday, 10am-5pm, with people invited to drop in with their photos, memories and memorabilia.

The five themes the Pop Up is working on are Hatched, Matched, Dispatched, World of Work, Town and Country, Highdays and Holidays and House and Home.

The Highdays and Holidays theme includes Barnstaple and North Devon tourism, hotels, holidays; leisure and entertainment; local festivals fairs, carnivals and fetes; customs, folklore and folk tales.

A family picnic at Penhill Point in 1956. Picture: B ParsleyA family picnic at Penhill Point in 1956. Picture: B Parsley

The museum is also collecting local words and phrases for a book of North Devon dialect.

Sadie Green, activity plan co-ordinator said: “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 and 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.”

For more information follow and like the Pop Up Facebook page at Popupbarnstaple to follow progress, see events, photos and stories.

Shove Ha'penny champions 1969-70. Picture: B ParsleyShove Ha'penny champions 1969-70. Picture: B Parsley