Explore thousands of unseen photographs by James Ravilious and Roger Deakins displayed for the first time.
Listen to stories about then and now from people in North Devon.
Add your own voice to an ever evolving record of our region.
The Beaford Archive is an extraordinary collection of material about North Devon dating back to 1890. It is best known for its photographs by James Ravilious, for whom the Archive was his life’s work, and it was one of the first commissions taken on by Roger Deakins, now an Oscar-winning cinematographer.
HERE is not a retrospective, but a vibrant exhibition using the photographs as a jumping off point to discuss diverse stories and ideas. People who live and work in North Devon give their unique take on the Archive – the deeper connections it inspires, the human stories it uncovers and the future considerations it provokes. You’ll be able to explore the photographs, listen to the voices of local people and view new artworks inspired by the Archive. You’ll discover how its themes impact the lives of people living in North Devon now and you’ll be able to add your own responses and help to shape the ever-evolving Archive.
Over the past three years Beaford has been digitising and revealing thousands of never-before-seen images through a project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. This exhibition is a celebration of interviews with people connected to the photographs, projects with primary school children and public workshops and events. Join us as Beaford asks: what does the Archive mean to you?
4 May – 23 June 2019
The Burton at Bideford
The Museum Gallery and Café is open
Monday to Saturday 10am – 4pm,
Sunday 11am – 4pm.
The Burton is an accessible venue
and includes a lift to the second floor.
The Burton at BIdeford
Kingsley Road, Bideford, EX39 2QQ