Bibbing 2008

In 2008 Newton Abbot Museum opened with an exhibition -'Chemistry and Photography' The story of the Bibbings Family.

The display included a selection of artistic black and white photographs by Vincent Bibbings. These photographs were rescued from a skip in pouring rain five years ago. The photographs provoked many reminiscences from visitors.

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Along with the Bibbings exhibition was a complimentary exhibition of 'Then and Now' photographs of the town, compiled by Mike and Ann Sabel. (Museum volunteers)
Mr Stowe The Milkman Mr John Bibbing's in his dispensary

Interior of Bibbing's shop

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In 2008 the 'Chemistry and Photography' exhibition enabled local artist, Kate Green, to use the Bibbings photographic exhibition as a starting point.
Kate ran workshops in the museum with a local Primary School and Life Choices Group they then went out in the town with digital cameras and took portraits and architecture and views of the town. Their work then formed the basis of a travelling exhibition which travelled around the town starting in the Market Hall, Teignbridge District Council Foyer, The Library, Waterstones, and in the Town Hall .

  • The groups learnt about the history of Bibbings the Chemist and his son the photographer.
  • They learnt about the history of the architecture in the town
  • They learnt aspects of photography
  • They had a sense of pride and belonging to the community
  • They had pride with their work being exhibited around the town
  • The “Life Choices” group want to set up their own local history group

The project was funded by the Teignbridge MDO grant and the Devon County Council Small Grants Scheme, and the museum.