When the Queen came to Barnstaple

As the Queen celebrates her Platinum Jubilee, our Assistant Librarian looks back at her visit to Barnstaple in 1956. People always remember when they met the Queen or Prince Philip. When I was at Secondary School, we were taken to the Essex Schools Athletic Sports Championship. During the day three of us needed to go …

Literary Links, Discover Sir George Newnes…On Our Shelves!

To celebrate the life of Charles Kingsley a few years ago we traced the local links between him and PG Wodehouse via Rudyard Kipling and H H Munro (aka Saki). However, these are not the only Literary Links in North Devon. On this day in 1851 George Newnes was born in Matlock, Derbyshire, the youngest …

Discover VJ Day and the War in the Far East…On Our Shelves!

While the celebrations marking the end of the War in Europe swept across the country, there were many who were still waiting to hear news from the men fighting in the east. “Although the European War was over, it didn’t really affect me. All the jollifications. My husband was still fighting, I was still upset. …