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Dawlish Museum

Famous for Piper Bill Millins D-Day bagpipes the displays in Dawlish Museum are regularly updated and aim to represent life past and present in the town, such as the telling of the February storm of 2014 which severely damaged the railway.A vast archive of 100's of rare historical photographs can be seen in both album form or on the new library P.C.
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.
The museum is entirely run by volunteers and is completely self funding. The Museum recently proudly gained it's official accreditation which means it's always maintained to a high standard.

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Facilities

  • Parking available

    Parking Available

  • Toilets On-Site

    Toilets On-Site

  • Wheelchair access

    Wheelchair Access

  • Childrens activities

    Family friendly

  • Gift Shop

    Gift Shop

Wheelchair access to Ground Floor. Stairlift to First Floor and wheelchair available.
There is also a pleasant garden.

Top Floor ,1940's Shop

Top Floor ,1940's Shop

On the very top floor you will find a wonderful recreation of a 1940's style shop selling everything you could possibly need for the wartime family. Alongside is the evacuees room where the new arrival from London is unpacking her suitcase as she moves into her temporary new home.

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Our Collections

The Museum is housed in The Knowle , built in 1805 as a gentleman's residence.There is a tribute to Piper Bill Millin, who passed away August 2010, featuring his famous D-Day bagpipes and regalia, but also highlights Bill the family man.
New and updated for 2015 is an acclaimed exhibition of the February storm of 2014 which caused such severe damage to the railway. There is also a tribute to Dr Lovely who once lived and practiced in the Knowle itself many years ago Other displays include a Victorian Kitchen,the Industries Room, Commemorative china displays, dolls and many more.

 

Entrance Hallway

This photo shows the Victorian post box, c.1871, originally from Oak Hill in Dawlish.

Entrance Hallway

Industries Room

This room contains the tools of many local trades and services. There is a wonderful collection of sewing machines, such as the Jones dating from 1879. This photo shows the blacksmiths anvil and equipment but here you will also find the camera collection and other displays.

Industries Room

Library

The bagpipes and regalia of Piper Bill Millin, who piped the troops ashore on Sword Beach , D-Day 1944. The library houses a huge collection of old and new photos of Dawlish in both album form and on computer archive.

Library

Top Floor ,1940's Shop

On the very top floor you will find a wonderful recreation of a 1940's style shop selling everything you could possibly need for the wartime family. Alongside is the evacuees room where the new arrival from London is unpacking her suitcase as she moves into her temporary new home.

Top Floor ,1940's Shop

Bygone Kitchen

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 !

Bygone Kitchen
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Our Latest news

  • Accreditation Awarded !

    25 January 2015

    The Museum is pleased to annonunce that it has now received full accrediation status. This...read more

  • Hard At Work Behind The Scenes !

    20 January 2015

    Although the Museum is closed for the season much is happening behind the scenes to update...read more

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Audio Files

Close Box

Podcast

Interview with Piper Bill Millin

The interview gave Piper Bill a chance to describe the happenings at Sword Beach during the D Day Landings

Name Time Listen
1 Interview with Piper Bill Millin - part 2 3:57
2 interview with Piper Bill Millin - Part 3 4:11
3 interview with Piper Bill Millin - Part 4 3:30
4 Piper Bill Millin Interview Part 1 3:33

Museum Videos

  • Dawlish Museum Trailer 2015

Admission & Prices

THE MUSEUM IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED AND WILL RE-OPEN FOR THE NEW SEASON ON FRIDAY 1ST MAY,2015.

Usual opening times
Wed - Fri 10-30am to 1700pm
Sat - Sun: 14.00pm to 17.00pm
Last admission 16.15pm

ENTRY PRICES
Adults - £2
Concessions - £1
Family Ticket (2 adults + 2 children) only £5
and valid for a full 7 days with Free return entry.

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Dawlish Museum

Dawlish Museum Society
The Knowle
Barton Terrace

DAWLISH, DEVON EX7 9QH