Even though we are only 6 weeks into our building programme, this week marked the half way point for our Pop-Up museum. Sadie, our Activity Plan Programme Coordinator, organised a party for all the people who have contributed stories and information about our five themes for the new Social History Gallery and 45 people came for a cup of tea and a piece of cake.
We are just finishing the Town and Country theme at the Pop-Up and our Story collectors are doing lots of transcribing from audio recordings and also finding leads for future stories. Up to July we had trained 14 story collectors, recruited 12 community experts and collected over 80 stories from over 70 different people around North Devon.
This week we also had a stall at the North Devon Homes Community Fair, talking to families and encouraging them to come to the Pop up. There was lots of interest, which we hope will result in more people coming forward with their stories about growing up, living and working in Barnstaple and North Devon.
We also had our third Community panel meeting on July 31. We are holding these meetings at the end of each Pop-Up theme (every two months) to look at what we have learned and identify gaps and opportunities for more story collecting. This month we met our Accessibility Champion, Yvonne Pope for the first time. Yvonne works for Devon Living Options and will be advising us to make sure the new building and the galleries are as accessible as possible to people with various disabilities. It is ironic that because neither the Pop-Up nor the existing museum have proper disabled access, we have to hold the meeting in Barnstaple Library!