Girl on beach with rabbit ‘mask’, Westward-Ho!, August 1973. Documentary photograph by James Ravilious

Uncovering North Devon

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. 

As part of a huge Heritage Lottery funded project Beaford has been digitising and revealing thousands of never-before-seen images. Through interviews with people connected to the photographs, projects with primary school children and public workshops and events, Beaford has been asking people what the Archive means to them. 

In this exhibition, 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.

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

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