Find out about: Fairlynch Museum
Fairlynch Museum and Arts Centre is one of the very few thatched museums in the UK. The building, a typical example of a 'marine cottage ornÃ©' and Grade II listed, dates from 1811.
The museum opened in 1967. It aims, for educational and general interest, to exhibit artefacts and information about the history and development of Budleigh Salterton and the Lower Otter Valley.
The Museum is noted for its collection of period costumes, its many geological specimens and its excellent local history resources.
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Our Next Event
2015 Spring Opening
When: 04 April 2015
Where: Fairlynch Museum
Looking for bargain plants for the garden? Come to Fairlynch Museum's big garden plant sale. Hot soup available. A treasure hunt for the kids. A tombola with great prizes. Come and admire Budleigh Salterton Venture Art Club's version of Millais' famous painting 'The Boyhood of Raleigh.' And Sir Walter Ralegh himself will be there, played by professional storyteller Steve Manning.
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The Museum holds approximately 4,000 items of men's, women's and children's clothing including rare pieces dating as far back as the early 1700s.
On show is Honiton lace and other types of lace from this country and the Continent.
The Geological collections feature the remarkable nodules, or small mineral clusters found in the cliffs.
The Archaeology section includes artefacts from the Bronze Age as well as items from Roman sites.
In the local history room you will find numerous albums containing information on all aspects of life in Budleigh Salterton through the ages.
The Museum garden is one of the showpieces of Budleigh Salterton, with its colourful border displays. Many of the plants were chosen to be contemporary with the period of the house.
As well as the remarkable nodules found in local cliffs, the Geology section includes displays of beautifully coloured pebbles like these.
100 years of ladies' costumes
Only a small proportion of the Fairlynch costume collection can be seen on display at any one time, but the regular exhibitions arranged by our volunteer helpers allow for a rotation of interesting items.
Fragment of decorated Samian ware bowl
This 2nd century bowl from the Archaeology collection was found at the site of a Roman villa outside Budleigh. When originally in use it was broken and mended with butterfly rivets, the marks of which can be seen.
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Our museum needs a fridge
01 April 2015
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Aspects of Fairlynch: 2 Costumes
01 April 2015
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Admission & Prices
Opening Times Tuesday to Sunday: 14.00 -16.30 (closed Mondays ex Bank Holidays)
The Museum is now closed. It will re-open on Friday 3 April until the end of September. It will be open during October half-term 2015.
Donations gratefully received.
Groups welcome, special rates only if booked in advance.
The Carter Reference Library (in the museum) is open by appointment.
27 Fore Street
Budleigh Salterton, DEVON EX9 6NP