Find out about: Dawlish Museum
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 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, is self funding and recently proudly gained official accreditation.
Wheelchair access to Ground Floor. Stairlift to First Floor and wheelchair available.
There is also a pleasant garden.
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 !
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Updated for 2015 is an acclaimed exhibition of the February storm of 2014 which caused such severe damage to the railway.Also a tribute to Dr Lovely who once lived and practiced in the Knowle itself. Other displays include a Victorian Kitchen,the Industries Room,china displays,dolls and more.There is a new tribute board to our sponsors who include Ashcombe Village Club,Barton Surgery, BG Wills,BeRepaired,Cofton Ctry,Crockers,The Gazette,Fraser&Wheeler,Freemasons,Gays Creamery,Langstone Cliff,Mercedes Exeter,Shaftesbury Theatre,Swiftprint,The Beeches,Framing Lot,Ugly Duckling and Whetman Pinks.
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.
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.
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, as well as looped video about the life of Piper Bill.
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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Seawall Finally Open !
14 August 2015
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Admission & Prices
THE MUSEUM IS NOW OPEN UNTIL THE END OF SEPTEMBER AND DON'T FORGET WE'RE OPEN EVERY DAY IN AUGUST !
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.
Dawlish Museum Society
DAWLISH, DEVON EX7 9QH