Can you help the Pop-Up paint a picture of North Devon in the 20th century?

Posted on: 10 October 2018

Do you have memories you can share about North Devon life and how things have changed over the years? Got any iconic toys from the 20th century with an interesting story behind them? Maybe an old wedding dress is gathering dust in the loft?

The Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon is gathering stories and exhibits for the new North Devon social history gallery and there are a few essential items missing! Can you help with any of the following?

Memories of working or shopping at

  • Brannams pottery (Litchdon Street or Roundwell premises)
  • Derby Lace factory
  • Youings
  • Banburys
  • Torrington Creamery workers and suppliers
  • Dornat’s Mineral water factory (do you know how the hoist wheel worked?)
  • Appledore and Hinks shipyards – workers and contacts, we need to hear from you!

Memories of

  • Barnstaple Fair and carnival
  • the old bus and train station on the Strand – drivers and passengers
  • life in the Derby area of Barnstaple
  • Barnstaple Pannier Market and Butchers Row – farmers, traders, what did you sell, how did you get to town on market day?
  • Perhaps you can help with North Devon recipes – is there a family recipe you love or any local delicacies you can share? What games did you enjoy playing as a child – clackers, skipping?

Executive Member for Parks, Leisure and Culture, Councillor Brian Moores, says: “The museum Pop-Up has already accumulated lots of great stories, but there are many gaps we still need to fill. Maybe you’ve heard a neighbour or family member mention the good old days in North Devon? Please encourage them to get in touch. We want to the social history gallery to be a true reflection of North Devon throughout the 20th century, please spread the word.”

The museum also needs wedding dresses, wedding clothes and accessories from across the decades, from as early as you like up until the 1990s. If you would like to donate contact Sam Bevan on 01271 346747 or email samantha.bevan@northdevon.gov.uk.

Pop in to the Pop-Up Museum at Bridge Chambers on the Strand, Mondays to Saturday from 9am to 5pm (changing to 9am to 4pm from the end of October).

4 comments on “Can you help the Pop-Up paint a picture of North Devon in the 20th century?

  1. Jan Wyllie says:

    Would you like to post this on BGGS Facebook page ? You may get some responses from my “ old girl” friends.

    • Mair says:

      If you could post a link to it on your Facebook page and help spread the word that would be fantastic! Thanks

  2. Jennifer Fredricks says:

    I was a grammar school girl from Torrington in 1956 before the bridge over the Taw was redone with stone. In wet weather, on the walk to school from the Junction Station, we used to get soaked to the skin from the rain driving through the open railings. Once at school we changed into our Gym clothes and hung up our wet things to dry. On the way home the same thing would happen again and we would take off as much as we would dare and hope our clothes would dry on the train. I guess they cured that when they got rid of the trains!

    • Mair says:

      What a great story, thanks for sharing! Are you happy for me to pass your details on to the museum team?

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