Sponge cake tribute celebrates exhibition

PUBLISHED: 10:01 05 April 2013

Priscilla Hull and Courtney Richards

Priscilla Hull and Courtney Richards


An exhibition marking the achievements of Budleigh Salterton-born Fellow of the Royal Society Henry Carter was launched last week, following the cutting of a very special Victoria 'sponge'.

Fairlynch Museum’s 2013 exhibition has a maritime theme, the history of local fishing and salt-making, marine conservation, paintings by local artists but especially the life of Henry Carter.

Born 200 years ago in Budleigh Salterton, Henry Carter had many species named after him, including a gecko, the frankincense tree and a rather unpleasant fungus and he has been honoured with a blue plaque on the wall of his home, Umbrella Cottage.

But it is especially for his research into marine sponges that this army surgeon, who carried out work in geology and zoology, was internationally known in Victorian times, earning the admiration of no less a person than Charles Darwin and may have influenced TE Lawrence’s interest in the Middle East.

So Fairlynch Museum decided to celebrate his achievements with a specially baked cake in the shape of a sponge dubbed ‘Cakus carteri’.

Budleigh Salterton’s Mayor, Courtney Richards, is shown Priscilla Hull, co-founder and President of Fairlynch Museum, cutting the cake.

The cake was naturally a Victoria sponge, provided by Fancyflours of Exmouth, and enjoyed by more than 30 Friends of Fairlynch and local residents who attended the event.

‘Sea, Salt and Sponges’, the Museum’s 2013 exhibition to honour Henry Carter’s birth 200 years ago, is open daily from 2.00 - 4.30 pm except Saturdays and runs until October. Admission is free. For more details see the website at www.devonmuseums.net/fairlynch.

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