2015 Exhibitions
Museum's 2015 Exhibition Programme

March to May

Hoar Oak Cottage is a simple farm cottage tucked away in a beautiful Exmoor valley. Home to shepherd families for hundreds of years. Abandoned in the 1950s. Conserved as a heritage site in 2014.  It lies well away from roads and other buildings and offers a rare chance to glimpse what remote life on Exmoor might have been like from days gone by.

We are looking forward to the Friends sharing information, photos, paintings, documents and artefacts which tell the story of Hoar Oak Cottage and the shepherds, their sheep, and sheepdogs from days gone by.

If you have an interest in Exmoor don’t miss this exhibition.

June - July

‘Quietly flows the stream’

Our exhibition of the rivers, fish and fishing of the South Molton area, opens on Thursday, June 4. Come and see our fishing map,  display of books , fishing tackle and other items relating to the Rivers Mole, Bray, Taw , Yeo and Little Dart.

We welcome all new information and stories relating to the rivers and the wildlife that lives in and on the water.

August - September
Oil paintings by local artist Carol Rhodes.

About the artist:-
Carol Rhodes was born in Dover, Kent, in 1938, the daughter of watercolourist Cyril "Whippet" Green.

She attended Saturday morning classes at Folkestone School of Art, before studying there full time when she left school.  She went on to study graphic design in Canterbury.
For some years Carol worked in advertising as an illustrator.  She and her family moved to North Devon in 1976 where she has been described as "The Painter's Painter".
She has had numerous one-man shows including at North Devon College and the Burton Gallery, Bideford, as well as exhibiting at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, and The Royal West of England Annual Open Exhibition.  Carol also has works on show with the sculptor John Butler (with whom she shared a show at Appledore Studios) at his Bideford workshop.
In 2006 Carol suffered a severe stroke which left her with permanent paralysis of her working right-hand side.  During the six months she spent in hospital she taught herself to draw left handed, and now works from her studio near Rose Ash.  She mainly works in oil, but also produces work in pencil, charcoal and pastel.

October - November

South Molton Shops Exhibition

1977, the year of the Queens Silver Jubilee, when a jar of Horlicks cost you 40½p and buying a Trusty Pavemaster bicycle gave you 1,880 Green Shield Stamps.  This was also the year that Beaford Arts commissioned photographer Elizabeth Clifford to document the look and feel of South Molton’s small town shops and the people who worked in them at that time.

This previously unseen collection of photographs was discovered when Beaford Arts relocated its offices to South Molton in the early part of 2014.  In partnership with South Molton Museum and working with South Molton Archive and History Society, Age Concern and members of the wider community, we have been able to uncover the facts behind the images, connecting the scenes of then with the town as it is now.

The photographs will be exhibited from 5th October – 28th November, along with additional images and advertisements contributed by South Molton Archive and History Society and vintage packaging loaned from Stuart Bennett of Caxtons Antiques, Bampton.  

The exhibition will also be part of The National Archives ‘Explore Your Archive’ campaign.
See Beaford Arts website for more details