Had a sneak preview of a new exhibition at the Castle in Bude which opens today. It is in the old ‘Gurney’ room which was full of engineering stuff – this is far more enticing for the average person who doesn’t have an engineering degree, for it is about the branch line to Bude. It’s all part of the plan to make the Castle more exciting for visitors, local and otherwise, by offering new exhibitions to accompany planned talks, a cafe with perhaps the best view in Bude and knowledgeable helpers to steer you in the right direction. The exhibition is but a small part of what the Castle has on offer – there are also regular art exhibitions and the permanent features.
The preview event was attended by the wonderful archive volunteers who work so hard, the staff, and some of the local councillors, among others. The artefacts are fabulous. I especially loved the posters and the luggage, but there is also a special discovery pen so you can hear the memories of Claude Daniel recounted by his son, Ralph. Oral history is always fascinating, so have a listen! Oh, to have the railway back!