A temporary museum will be popping-up in Barnstaple, as part of the museum's £1.8m Long Bridge Wing extension project.
As the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon prepares to close its doors to allow work to begin on the extension, space has been secured across the road in Bridge Buildings to provide a "Pop-Up" venue for museum events and activities for the coming year.
North Devon Council and the Barnstaple and North Devon Museum Development Trust (MDT) have been working together to deliver the project, which will provide the opportunity for more displays and exhibitions, including a new 20th and 21st century social history gallery.
Throughout 2018, the museum will be working with the local community to help deliver this exciting project and the "pop-up" museum at Bridge Chambers will be used to to sort through some of the items needed to create content for the new gallery.
The "Pop-Up" museum opens its doors on Wednesday 14 February and the museum is calling for local experts who have knowledge of North Devon’s history to help identify objects and share their story under five themes 'Hatched, Matched, Dispatched', 'World of Work', 'Town and Country', 'Highdays and Holidays' and 'House and Home'. The first theme is 'Hatched, Matched and Dispatched' and the museum will bring previously unseen items from its store, which are connected to birth, childhood, schooldays, weddings and funerals.
The museum is also recruiting Collections Care volunteers to help move objects from storage to be cleaned, catalogued and documented and to gather stories from visitors. Visit the museum on the Square in Barnstaple to pick up an application form, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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