Budleigh's Fairlynch celebrates 50 years since formation

PUBLISHED: 06:30 28 March 2017

The Fairlynch Museum in Budleigh Salterton. Ref exb 5353-45-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

The Fairlynch Museum in Budleigh Salterton. Ref exb 5353-45-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn


Budleigh Salterton's popular museum will be opening for the new season next month - and will be celebrating a special landmark this year.

Fairlynch was founded 50 years ago and volunteers from the museum will be celebrating the occasion.

The museum opens from April to October every year in a 200-year-old, grade two listed building, in Fore Street.

Museum spokesman Michael Downes said that donations were needed to help keep the museum going.

He said: “The museum was set up as a charity in 1967 to depict the history of Budleigh Salterton and the villages of the Lower Otter Valley.

“‘It continues to provide a fascinating insight into the varied life of the area, and that’s largely due to our enthusiastic and informative volunteers, who have such a deep affection for the place.

“As a charity, the museum does, of course, need the support of donations so that it can be maintained as a resource for future generations.”

This year, the museum will celebrate Britain’s ‘special relationship’ with the United States through the former captain of the HMS Agamemnon, the Royal Navy ship involved in the laying of the first successful transatlantic telegraph cable in 1858. Admiral George Preedy CB settled in Budleigh after a distinguished naval career.

There will also be a display dedicated to the Budleigh Salterton branch train line – which closed 50 years ago.

Geological specimens from Budleigh’s cliffs and the Jurassic Coast will also be on display, as well as works from Devon-based artists, including those by Joyce Dennys.

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