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Below is a list of 11 stories and presentations compiled by Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon for Explore North Devon. Select a story's name or logo to view it.

Barnstaple Heritage Trail

This presentation highlights some of the historic sites in Barnstaple on a map of the town. Images can be selected from the points on the map. To browse over pictures of Barnstaple and the surrounding area, select Collections on the navigation menu bar above and then select the Images of Barnstaple and the Surrounding Area Collection.

Barnstaple Heritage Trail

Burma Campaign - How it was

This display highlights the personal aspects of the Second World War in the Far East, the Pacific and in particular, Burma between 1941 and 1945. The war was fought with gruelling intensity between the Allies and the Japanese on land, at sea and in the air over vast distances, and in extremes of climate and geography. To browse more pictures about the Burma Campaign, select Collections on the navigation menu bar above and then select the Burma Star Collection.

Burma Campaign - How it was

Burma Campaign - Individual Stories

The interviews used in this project were carried out by Eric Rickman of the North Devon branch of the Burma Star Association. In this story you can hear the unedited interviews with individual contributers. Many of the men interviewed have died since the interviews were conducted. We are very lucky to have recorded their reminiscences for posterity in time.

Burma Campaign - Individual Stories

Burma Campaign - Rations

Feeding the troops in Burma was always a problem. Most food was supplied in the form of American K-Rations, including bully beef, plum pudding and cigarettes. Most British soldiers did not appreciate American tastes. To browse pictures about the Burma Campaign, select Collections on the navigation menu bar above and then select the Burma Star Collection.

Burma Campaign - Rations

Heritage Open Days

Information on Heritage Open Days in northern Devon coming soon!

Heritage Open Days

North Devon Pottery Gallery

The museum is home to the largest public collection of North Devon Art Pottery. Building on the established tradition of sgraffito decoration, the three potters Brannam, Lauder and Baron produced some very distinctive work. Select this presentation to see pictures of a selection of the items on display in the Pottery Room. To browse over 800 pictures of North Devon Pottery, select Collections on the navigation menu bar above and then select the Pottery Collection.

North Devon Pottery Gallery

Responses to the Landscape of North Devon

Welcome to Responses to the Landscape, a project which records the responses of a range of people to the landscapes of North Devon. These take the form of music, poems and general narratives. To browse through over 200 images of North Devon's Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, select Collections on the navigation menu bar above and then select the Audioscapes Collection.

Responses to the Landscape of North Devon

Shapland and Petter

The Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon has a collection of Shapland & Petter furniture based on the archive and furniture donated by the company and includes a set of over 6,600 photographs taken from their catalogues. This presentation shows a small selection of these. To browse over 6,000 pictures of North Devon Pottery, select Collections on the navigation menu bar above and then select the Shapland and Petter Collection. The Museum is always interested to hear from anyone who has items of furniture to record for the archive.

Shapland and Petter

Whiddon Valley - the Building of a Community

Sat on the edge of Barnstaple, the Whiddon Valley estate is a mix of both town and country. This presentation shows scenes of the development of this Housing Estate. To browse more pictures of the Whiddon Valley Estate, select Collections on the navigation menu bar above and then select the Whiddon Valley Collection.

Whiddon Valley - the Building of a Community

Whiddon Valley - the Walking Bus

Sat on the edge of Barnstaple, the Whiddon Valley estate is a mix of both town and country. This presentation shows scenes of the development of this Housing Estate. To browse more pictures of the Whiddon Valley Estate, select Collections on the navigation menu bar above and then select the Whiddon Valley Collection.

Whiddon Valley - the Walking Bus

William Rock, Barnstaple's Greatest Benefactor

This is the story of William Frederick Rock, Barnstaples greatest benefactor. From relatively humble beginnings he built a fortune through hard work, and then spent most of it on good causes in his home town and elsewhere. He was not alone in this but the scale of his generosity was unusual enough for him to be held up as an example to others even in the City of London. This presentation has been compiled by Robin Davey. To browse all our pictures of Rock, select Collections on the navigation menu bar above and then the Rock Collection.

William Rock, Barnstaple's Greatest Benefactor