Exhibition celebrates North Devon in 100 objects

Some of the items on display at the exhibition in Barnstaple

Some of the items on display at the exhibition in Barnstaple - Credit: NDC

A new exhibition has recently opened at the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon which aims to showcase the star objects, hidden gems and quirky artefacts of the museum.

North Devon in 100 Objects pays homage to Neil McGregor, the famous art historian, who drew on the collections of the British Museum to create the book and radio series A History of the World in 100 Objects.

This collection has been curated specially to use some of the finest and the oddest items in the museum to tell some of the greatest stories of not only the museum, but the people and the landscape of North Devon.

Just some of the articles on display are:

  • Highway man Tom Faggus' gun
  • Queen Victoria’s slippers
  • AHuguenot table carpet
  • A gun turret from the Wellington bomber which crashed at Hartland
  • Mr. Kidwell's prang
  • A Chapter Surfboard  
  • Sam Spoon's bench and
  • Peggy Lines' Coronation Coach

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Museum curator, Alison Mills said: "I am excited for visitors to see this fabulous exhibition. We have also produced a book to accompany the exhibition which includes all 100 objects and is on sale in our gift shop now. Each exhibit also has its own QR code which takes visitors to an online curator's blog where they can read the story behind it."

The exhibition runs until January 5, 2022, admission is free and measures are in place to keep visitors safe, including limiting visits to two groups of four people every 15 minutes, a one-way system, hand sanitisers, social distancing and use of the Track and Trace app.

To ensure visits are evenly spaced throughout the day, visitors can book to visit the museum through Art Tickets, with no booking fees. Visitors can also book tickets by calling 01271 346747.

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A small number of daily tickets will be kept aside for groups turning up on the day but visitors are strongly advised to pre-book as they may be asked to wait or return at a later time slot.

Visitors wishing to enjoy Bromley’s tearoom do not have to pre-book and can access the tearoom through the museum’s side door.

Current museum opening hours are Tuesday – Saturday 10:30am – 4:30pm (last admission at 4pm). Scaffolding is currently in place outside the building, this is just for routine maintenance and does not prevent public access.

To keep up to date with events happening at the museum, visit their website or Facebook page.

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