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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 orné' 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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    Toilets On-Site

  • Wheelchair access

    Wheelchair Access

  • Childrens activities

    Family friendly

  • Gift Shop

    Gift Shop

Our Next Event

A Museum's tribute

A Museum's tribute

When: 06 April 2014 to 30 September 2014
Where: Fairlynch Museum

1914: Off to fight for King and Country at Budleigh Salterton Railway Station

East Devon’s Fairlynch Museum will host an exhibition focusing on the impact of the First World War on the communities of the Lower Otter Valley.

Opening on Sunday 6 April 2014, ‘The Great War at Fairlynch’ will commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the war.

The exhibition will tell the stories of people associated with Budleigh Salterton and the surrounding area during the 1914-18 conflict.

Items on display will include original records and letters sent during that time.

During the war, local hospitals were used for treating military casualties. The exhibition will show the work that went on there to treat wounded soldiers.

Also on display will be artefacts, photographs and archive materials telling the stories of men and women from the local area during the war.

Fairlynch Museum welcomes information about people with links to the Lower Otter Valley communities of Budleigh Salterton, East Budleigh, Otterton, Colaton Raleigh and Newton Poppleford who may have played a part in the war effort.

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Our Collections

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 Garden

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.

The Garden

Budleigh rocks!

As well as the remarkable nodules found in local cliffs, the Geology section includes displays of beautifully coloured pebbles like these.

Budleigh rocks!

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.

100 years of ladies' costumes

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.

Fragment of decorated Samian ware bowl

Marine Parade, Budleigh Salterton c.1870

This print from the Museum's collection is one of many images from the past depicting life in Budleigh Salterton. The Local History Room contains many well-researched albums giving an insight into varied aspects of the town.

Marine Parade, Budleigh Salterton c.1870
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    27 September 2014

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  • The Home Front in Devon during 1914 Dr Richard Batten

    27 September 2014

    World War One specialist Dr Richard Batten, from the University of ExeterFrom August 1914 more

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Admission & Prices

Opening Times Tuesday to Sunday: 14.00 -16.30 (closed Mondays ex Bank Holidays)

The Museum is open until Sunday 28th September 2014. It will be open during October half-term 2014.

Donations gratefully received.

Groups welcome, special rates only if booked in advance.

The Carter Reference Library (in the museum) is open by appointment.

Fairlynch Museum

Fairlynch Museum
27 Fore Street

Budleigh Salterton, DEVON EX9 6NP