Budleigh's Raleigh 400 celebrations to continue through autumn after Millais painting loan extension

PUBLISHED: 17:00 28 July 2018

Budleigh mayor Tom Wright looking at John Millias' 'Boyhood of Raleigh' painting at Fairlynch Museum. Picture: Contributed

Budleigh mayor Tom Wright looking at John Millias' 'Boyhood of Raleigh' painting at Fairlynch Museum. Picture: Contributed

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A painting depicting a scene from Sir Walter Raleigh's childhood will continue to form part of Fairlynch Museum's tribute to East Budleigh's favourite son after a loan extension agreement was reached.

‘The Boyhood of Raleigh’, by John Millais’ has been on loan to the Budleigh Salterton museum this year as part of their ‘Raleigh 400’ celebrations.

The exhibition marks four centuries since the death of Sir Walter, who grew up in East Budleigh.

Now an agreement has been reached for the painting to stay until the end of October meaning the exhibition will continue through until the end of the 2018 season.

Fairlynch chairman Trevor Waddington said the news was ‘excellent’ for the museum, adding: ‘”We’re very grateful to Tate London for approving the loan until October 31.

“This means we’ll be able to take full advantage of the Heritage Lottery Fund grant and extend our education outreach programme into the Autumn term.”

The Raleigh 400 exhibition was officially launched last month as 150 invited guests including Lord and Lady Clinton and Budleigh Salterton Town Mayor Tom Wright.

As part of the launch, there was also a re-enactment of the famous painting on Budleigh seafront where children from the town brought the scene from Sir Walter’s childhood to life. John Batson, of Budleigh Salterton Riding School, took on the role of Sir Walter on horseback.

There have been a number of other events which have been held in connection with the exhibition including staff from the museum getting into period dress for Budleigh’s annual Gala Week festival.

News of the extension means that the exhibition will coincide with a Sir Walter-themed event taking place as part of Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival. Historian Anna Beer will be giving the talk ‘Patriot or Traitor – The Life and Death of Sir Walter Raleigh’ at the Temple Methodist Church on Wednesday, September 19. The Oxford University Fellow will discuss her latest book on the explorer.

It also means that the exhibition will still be open on the date of Sir Walter’s death, which took place on October 29, 1618.

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