To celebrate the new Long Bridge Extension and complement the museum’s current project ‘North Devon in 100 objects’, the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon is setting a challenge to find 100 local people to contribute their stories of life in North Devon to be preserved in 100 one-minute documentary films.
The extension, which is currently being built, will house a new social history gallery. An exciting feature of the gallery will be the installation of a campervan cinema. This micro cinema will be created from a vintage VW campervan and will house an interactive screen and comfortable seating where visitors can select and view short films mirroring the themes of the social history gallery.
The 100 mini documentaries will be created by staff and volunteers at the Museum but first they need… YOU!
Amanda McCormack from North Devon Moving Image, the project partner, says “People often think that their stories are insignificant. They think they would not be interesting to others, but think of all the stories you might have heard your grandparents and parents tell you about their earlier lives. Those gems of stories could be lost in the passage of time but these short snapshot films will create a valuable and entertaining archive.”
North Devon Council’s Executive member for Parks, Leisure and Culture, Councillor Dick Jones, says: “Creating a social history of North Devon and its residents is a wonderful way to preserve memories. This project is similar to a visual time capsule which can be enjoyed for many years to come. Please do get in touch with the museum if you would like to share your stories and pass them down to future generations to help them understand what living in North Devon was like in the earl-twenty-first century.”
What the Museum is looking for are anecdotes about life in North Devon and because these will be told on film they need a visual element to the story. So, do you know a local ‘character’ who might like to be interviewed, who represents life in North Devon? Do you have memories you would like to share or stories passed down through generations? Have you kept your old school reports and maybe your school uniform? Do you have a collection of artefacts you can show to the camera and talk about – maybe locally made toys, clothing, machinery or household objects?
If you or someone you know would be ideal for the 100 mini documentaries please get in touch with the museum team on 01271 346747 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PHOTO: Daisy Tucker of Combrew Farm, Bickington, delivering milk in Draceana Avenue, Sticklepath, to Mrs Teape and her daughter Sandra in 1946. This image was published in the Spring 2017 issue of Exmoor Magazine, in an article about memories of milk rounds in and around Barnstaple, written by Avril Stone.