Museum curator retires

Exmouth Museum curator Tom Haynes, and his wife Jean, said goodbye to the other volunteers because the couple are moving to Worcestershire to be near their family. Alan Arthur, former treasurer for the museum, will take over as curator.

A husband and wife team who devoted their life to Exmouth Museum have bid a fond farewell to their passion.

Tom and Jean Haynes, pictured here, began volunteering at the museum in 1993 but are now moving to Pershore, Worcestershire, to be near family.

Tom, who took over as museum curator in 1995 and has lived in Exmouth since 1955, said the highlight of their long service was helping museum achieve full accreditation from the national Museums Libraries and Archives body.

A spokesperson for Exmouth Museum said: “Jean has been very much involved with the textile collection and the museum is proud of its exhibits of lace.

“She also pulled together Exmouth’s famous ladies exhibition.

“The museum is open to the public from April to October. The closed period is very busy with maintenance and mounting new exhibitions.

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“The display theme for this year is Exmouth Past & Present and typically Tom was determined to complete that work before leaving.”

Alan Arthur, former treasurer for the museum will take over as curator.

Mr Arthur said: “The museum is staffed wholly by volunteers. We make great friends, learn and laugh together. We are always looking for new volunteers to join the team.”

• Anyone wishing to discuss volunteering opportunities is asked to contact Alan Arthur on 07768 184127 or e-mail

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