See a doll’s house with a fascinating local link at Exmouth Museum

PUBLISHED: 18:30 17 April 2017

Sally Palmer (left) and her mum Sarah, who donated the dolls' house to Exmouth Museum. The model is an exact miniature replica of the family home in Woodbury.

Sally Palmer (left) and her mum Sarah, who donated the dolls' house to Exmouth Museum. The model is an exact miniature replica of the family home in Woodbury.


Exmouth Museum – which has just re-opened for 2017 – has a new exhibit to inspire visitors, especially children.

It’s a doll’s house with a difference – an exact miniature replica of a house in Woodbury.

It was donated by Sarah Palmer. Her father Hamish - a former councillor - and her mother Rosemary lived in Southcroft, Town Lane, Woodbury, from 1969 to 1987. Their retirement project was to build an exact replica dolls’ house of their family home. Sally inherited the miniature house after both her parents died.

“It is of great sentimental value to our family,” she says, “but we are moving house and won’t have space for it, so we approached the museum to see if they would have any use for it.”

Southcroft was built in 1851. Originally one large house, it was split into two at some point. It was also a doctors’ surgery and dispensary before the Palmers moved in. All of the artwork on the walls of the dolls’ house are miniature versions of the originals and most of the books on the bookshelves are miniatures of the originals too.

Exmouth Museum is now open. 10.30am-12.30pm (Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays), 10.30am-4.30pm (Tuesdays, Thursdays), 10.30am-4pm (Wednesdays). Tickets: £1.50 (adults), £1 (seniors), children free. Exmouth Museum, Sheppards Row, EX8 1PW. (07768 184127).

Other Entertainment Stories


Bob Drury and his superb tribute to US singer/songwriter Neil Diamond returns to the Exmouth Pavilion on Thursday, July 27.

Read more
Tue, 18:30

Set in a coastal town and focusing on love in later life, Philip Goulding’s A Fine Bright Day Today, could have been written especially for a Budleigh audience.

Read more
Mon, 15:16

Budleigh Salterton Cancer Research UK Committee is hosting a charity supper and musical evening.

Read more
Sunday, June 18, 2017

It was with eager anticipation that I attended one of the final performances of the innovative Beethoven series of quartet concerts by the Dante Quartet in Lympstone Parish Church.

Read more
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Exmouth Players’ next production, The Titfield Thunderbolt, will be chugging in to Exmouth’s Blackmore Theatre soon.

Read more
Friday, June 16, 2017

East Devon District Council (EDDC) has lined up a number of events in and around Exmouth including the popular Heath Week.

Read more
Friday, June 16, 2017

A brand-new adaptation of E Nesbitt’s classic tale, The Railway Children, has just opened at Exeter’s Northcott Theatre.

Read more
Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Budleigh Salterton Music Festival is nearly upon us.

Read more
Thursday, June 15, 2017

There is always plenty going on across the district - here are just three events.

Read more
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

From June 16-28, the Courtyard Gallery at Lyme Regis’s Town Mill will be home to three local painters.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 20°C

min temp: 14°C

Most Read Entertainment

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Photo Orders
Family notices
Google Plus
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder


Show Job Lists

Find planning applications