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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.

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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.

Library

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, as well as looped video about the life of Piper Bill.

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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.

 

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.

Great Storm Display

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, as well as looped video about the life of Piper Bill.

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

  • Front Page News !

    06 February 2015

    The Museums grant towards reducing energy costs is already being put to good use as prepar...read more

  • Grant Awarded

    28 January 2015

    Great News !Many thanks to Dawlish Town Council who have awarded the museum £750 tow...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