Find out about: Braunton and District Museum

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Braunton & District Museum

The Bakehouse Centre was specially converted from a former bakehouse and two cottages to house today's Museum.

Museum Staff are pleased to welcome visitors and offer a guided tour if requested. A printed guide to the collection is also available.

For 2012 there are new exhibitions on the maritime history and a photographic history of the village.

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Facilities

  • Wheelchair access

    Wheelchair Access

  • Childrens activities

    Family friendly

  • Gift Shop

    Gift Shop

Parking with toilets in adjacent car park.

Great Field & Agricultural Collection (currently on loan to Braunton Countryside Centre)

Great Field & Agricultural Collection (currently on loan to Braunton Countryside Centre)

The Fiddle: Used manually for broadcast seed sowing. A bow was used in conjunction with the fiddle, it was carried underarm with a harness around the opposite shoulder, the bow was inserted through the base of the fiddle and used in a side to side movement which scattered the seed

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Our Collections

The collection reflects the early beginnings of Braunton with particular reference to the Braunton Great Field, one of only two remaining working examples of Saxon strip farming in England.

Braunton's Maritime heritage is also on display, based on the thriving port of Vellator, which is just 2 minutes drive or 10 minutes walk from the village centre. This section features scale models of many of the Braunton vessels hand made by local mariner Sam Mitchell who used to be one of Braunton's 'bar men' who sailed out over the treacherous Barnstaple Bar.

 

Braunton Railway

Small display of artifacts and photographs, fact sheets are available for sale please ask at desk. Recently the Parish Council have sited a series of information and display boards around the village which tell the story of the railway, before Mr Beeching wielded his axe.

Braunton Railway

Military History

Displays spanning the two world conflicts. The training that took place on the "Burrows" in 1943/4 was instrumental in the winning of the battle for Normandy. A Heritage Lottery grant in 2009 enabled the museum to tell the story of the historic importance of the area.

Military History

Henry Williamson

Henry Williamson: This display is based in a prominent part of the museum – the vestibule. Photographs and information on the local writer of Tarka the Otter fame.

Henry Williamson

Great Field & Agricultural Collection (currently on loan to Braunton Countryside Centre)

The Fiddle: Used manually for broadcast seed sowing. A bow was used in conjunction with the fiddle, it was carried underarm with a harness around the opposite shoulder, the bow was inserted through the base of the fiddle and used in a side to side movement which scattered the seed

Great Field & Agricultural Collection (currently on loan to Braunton Countryside Centre)

Braunton's maritime heritage

From February 2012, alongside the existing diorama of Vellator Quay, there is a new interactive multimedia display showing interviews with 2 old mariners. Many model vessels made by Sam Mitchell are on display along with a variety of maritime artefacts.

Braunton's maritime heritage
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Our Latest news

  • Braunton Museum gets AONB funding

    04 January 2012

    Braunton and District Museum has received £1800 of funding from the North Devon AONB...read more

  • Americans in Wartime North Devon DVD launch

    01 June 2010

    June 2010: As part of the "Americans in wartime North Devon" project, Braunton Museum will...read more

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Admission & Prices

Entry: Free (Donations appreciated)

Opening Times

Mon - Fri : 10.00-15.00, Sat 10.00-13.00
Sun: Closed

Braunton and District Museum

Braunton & District Museum
The Bakehouse Centre
Caen Street
Braunton
EX33 1AA

Braunton, DEVON EX33 1AA