Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Boost for Budleigh weekenders

A barely credible story: Find out about Cecil’s amazing World War One adventures at our Museum’s ‘Great War at Fairlynch’  exhibition

Weekend visitors to Budleigh Salterton will have one more attraction to see when the town’s museum opens its doors on Saturdays for the first time in many years. 

Fairlynch Museum and Arts Centre opens for the 2014 season on Sunday 6 April. “Our team of volunteers have been hard at work preparing this year’s exhibitions,” said Museum Chairman Roger Sherriff.

“The main display entitled ‘The Great War at Fairlynch’ focuses on life in the Lower Otter Valley between 1914 and 1918, and has been supported by an award from the Heritage Lottery Fund. We also have exhibitions of lace, costumes, toys and local history, as well as a lovely garden.”

Some of the dresses in the Museum have been donated to Fairlynch from the costume collection of the late Susan Ward, founder of Budleigh’s Literary Festival. They will be on display for the first time, next to an exhibition on Fashion in the 1920s. 

A major recent venture for Fairlynch has been the refurbishment of the Archaeology and Geology areas, now known as the Priscilla Carter Room as a tribute to one of the Museum’s co-founders.

“We welcomed over 7,000 visitors in 2013,” said Roger. “That was a big increase on previous years. Free admission was one factor, but word is spreading about the high standard of our exhibitions.”

Fairlynch welcomes offers from people interested in becoming stewards or volunteering in general. For more information please phone 01395 446407.  The Museum is open every day from 2.00 - 4.30 pm, except for Mondays. 

‘The Great War at Fairlynch’ 2015 exhibition at Budleigh Salterton’s very special museum! Reviews included: “Wonderful display on WW1, informative, bright and relevant. Well done!! 

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