Fairlynch gets lottery funding for Raleigh 400 exhibition

PUBLISHED: 08:30 13 May 2018

Copy made of 'The Boyhood of Raleigh'  by members of the Venture Art Group of Budleigh Salterton Art Club in 2015. Each member worked on a panel and then they were assembled.

Copy made of 'The Boyhood of Raleigh' by members of the Venture Art Group of Budleigh Salterton Art Club in 2015. Each member worked on a panel and then they were assembled.


A project to celebrate the life of Sir Walter Raleigh at Budleigh Salterton’s museum has won National Lottery funding.

Fairlynch Museum, in Fore Street, has been successful in a Heritage Lottery Funding application for £15,400, so exhibitions and events can be held to mark the 400th anniversary of Sir Walter’s death.

The funding boost will also allow young people to discover more about East Budleigh-born poet.

Trevor Waddington, chairman of Fairlynch, said: “We are very pleased to have received support from the National Lottery towards this ambitious project and plan to engage local people and visitors through our exciting exhibition and events.”

The Raleigh 400 project will include Sir John Everett Millais’ famous painting, ‘The Boyhood of Raleigh’, on loan to the Budleigh museum from the Tate, London.

The exhibition will open on Monday, May 28, and run until the end of August. A spokesman for the museum said: “Millais’ painting celebrates his seafaring spirit and is an outstanding image from the national art collection.”

The painting was previously been displayed at Fairlynch in 2000 as a visiting exhibit.

To mark the opening of the exhibition, there will be a recreation of the painting as part of Budleigh’s Gala Week on the same seafront spot where Millais painted the original in 1870.

The scene will be recreated next to ‘Raleigh Wall’ in Marine Parade. Lottery funding will also allow museum volunteers to teach youngsters about the life and times of Sir Walter – from his time as a courtier of Queen Elizabeth to his adventures overseas and his eventual execution at the order of King James.

Sir Walter was born in about 1553 at Hayes Barton, East Budleigh, and is credited as being one of the most significant historical figures from East Devon.

The pub in the centre of the village – The Sir Walter Raleigh – is one of the only ones in the country to be named after him. There is also a statue in East Budleigh of the adventurer and poet. Sir Walter attempted to establish the first English-speaking colony and contributed to the creation of the United States of America.

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