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Stories

Sharing stories through articles, oral histories and film the museum hopes to record the wonderful tales of North Devon and inspire a new generation of story-telling.
If you have a story to tell about our collections, industries or local community, please complete one of our story collecting sheets.

Stories from the Collections

From Spoons to Bricks: Martin Ash’s bench

A bench constructed from locally made bricks has become the museum garden’s intriguing new centrepiece.

6000 Sugarpaste Flowers: The Barnstaple Sugarcraft Guild

The Barnstaple in Bloom sugarpaste model and the creation of the North Devon Sugarcraft Guild.

Hamleys Toyshop and the Queen’s Coronation

Part of the Peggy Lines Collection, this wonderful coach forms part of 400 toys donated to the museum.

North Devon Stories

The North Devon Jewish Pioneer Corps

During the Second World War over 3,000 Jews arrived in North Devon, stationed in Ilfracombe, Bideford and Westward Ho! This is the story…

Breaking The Mould – The Suffrage Movement in North Devon

On August 4th, 1913, a car was spotted speeding away from a North Devon mansion. Moments later flames lit up the sky. Newspapers…

Holy Lands: The Royal Devon Yeomanry in Palestine

On 3rd Dec 1917 the 16th Royal Devon Yeomanry engaged in their biggest and most costly conflict, the battle of El Foka.

100 People 100 Stories

Watch our ongoing film project 100 People 100 Stories documenting North Devonian tales and life stories.

Oral History Archive

The oral history archive records and documents the institutes, industries and people of North Devon.

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