With 11 rooms over 3 floors the Museum is most famous for its display of Piper Bill Millins' D-Day bagpipes. The displays in Dawlish Museum are regularly updated and depict life past and present in the town and notably tell the story of the February storm of 2014 which severely damaged the railway line.
A vast archive of 100's of rare historical photographs can be seen in album form or on the new library PC. Children as well as adults are well catered for and there are many fun activities just for them such as the dressing up outfits and the Black Swan Trail. New this season is a display of wedding dresses and other wedding related items from as far back as 1846 right up to the 1980's.
Great Storm Display
This photo shows the 'Orange Army' under attack from the huge waves during the storm of 2014. The Great Storm exhibition has rolling video telling the story of the storm and it's aftermath and has been updated to include even more photos,media articles and memorabilia.
Wedding Dress Display Room
New this year for 2016 is an amazing display of wedding dresses and related bridal items dating from as far back as 1846 right up to the late 1980's.Displayed in tableau form so the visitor can appreciate the delicate work of the dressmakers.
Piper Bill Millin, who piped the troops ashore on Sword Beach , D-Day 1944. The library also houses a huge collection of old and new photos of Dawlish in both album form and on computer archive to be leisurely browsed, as well as looped video about the life of Piper Bill.
Restored to full working order for the new season the Dolls House or 'Little Higher Acres' is sure to delight both young and old with its minute attention to detail.
This beautifully re-created bygone kitchen displays all the mod cons of a former age, including a black leaded kitchen range and many other artefacts. Some of which you may even recognise from your own grandmothers kitchen !
Admission & prices
THE MUSEUM IS NOW OPEN FOR THE 2016 SEASON UNTIL THE END OF SEPTEMBER.
OPEN EVERY DAY IN AUGUST.
PLEASE RING or EMAIL FOR MORE DETAILS.
Usual opening times
Wed - Fri 10-30am to 1700pm
Sat - Sun: 14.00pm to 17.00pm
Last admission 16.15pm
Adults - £2
Concessions - £1
Family Ticket (2 adults + 2 children) only £5
and valid for a full 7 days with Free return entry.
Wonderful morning at the Bridge House Open day, where several local charities, including the Museum, were present to raise much needed funds......
Piper Bill Millin was born on the 14th July,1922 and would become famous as the last piper to ever play under battle conditions......
Wheelchair access to Ground Floor. Stairlift to First Floor and wheelchair available.
There is also a pleasant garden.
Many thanks to our generous sponsors who include - Ashcombe village club, BG Wills & son, Barton Surgery, Be Repaired, Cofton Country, Crockers Ltd, Dawlish Gazette, Fraser & Wheeler, Freemasons, Gays Creamery, Langstone Cliff, Mercedes Benz Exeter, Shaftesbury Theatre, Swiftprint, The Beeches, The Framing Lot, Ugly Duckling and Whetmans Pinks.
Dawlish Museum Society
T: 01626 888557
Our videos Click on the play button below to view our videos
Interview with Piper Bill Millin
The interview gave Piper Bill a chance to describe the happenings at Sword Beach during the D Day Landings
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Dawlish Museum Society
DAWLISH, DEVON EX7 9QH