Barnstaple & North Devon Museum Development Trust

Supporting the Museum that Barnstaple deserves

The Long-Bridge Wing Extension Project

Making a difference to our community

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  • Enhance our profile and give significantly more people the chance to enjoy our Museum, including local families, tourists and our schools and community groups
  • Tell more stories about the unique people and rich culture of North Devon with our new Social History Gallery, raising local aspirations and pride in the region
  • Bring the story of Barnstaple and North Devon up to the present day with collections from the 19th and 20th centuries
  • Focus on the stories of local traders and companies that still contribute to the region’s economy and social fabric today
  • Enhance the visitor experience with a brand-new family-friendly café, events space and shop, meeting/learning space, toilets, and a lift to enable disabled access to the first floor
  • Share even more fascinating objects currently hidden away in store
  • Revitalise and diversify our offer with new special exhibition spaces
  • Improve our long-term sustainability through increased revenue streams, ensuring the Museum is here for generations to come
  • Generate £2.2 million in visitor spending in the local economy, as well as supporting at least 11 new jobs



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