Fairlynch Museum - working with schools and colleges

Museum details

The Museum is on Fore Street, close to the beach in Budleigh Salterton. The Museum is open from the beginning of April to the end of September and has artefacts, photographs and press cuttings telling the story of how the town has evolved.

Education contact: Amanda Murrell 

Tel: 01395 442666 

Email: admin@fairlynchmuseum.co.uk

Resources available

Displays include collections of geological specimens, including the remarkable nodules from Budleigh Salterton cliffs; items of archaeological interest including Roman and Bronze Age artefacts; natural history of the Lower Otter Valley; costumes from the first half of the 17th century.

Our strengths

We encourage visits from schools preferably with advance notice.  We welcome children from aged 5 to 14, i.e. Key Stages 1, 2 and 3, as well as older students including those with an interest in the history of fashion.  Click on http://budleighbrewsterunited.blogspot.com/2011/02/keeping-art-alive-at-fairlynch.html to see a recent example.

We collaborated in 2011 with Bicton College so as to allow its Environmental Education students the chance of organising an environmental community event for families from Budleigh and the surrounding area. See http://www.devonmuseums.net/Family-fun-day-for-young-explorers/Latest-News/Fairlynch-Museum/Museum-News/  for details.

Our team of volunteers includes current and former teachers.

Facilities available

The Carter Reference Library is open on Thursday afternoons, or by arrangement. Fairlynch Museum also has a Local History Room with an impressive collection of folders devoted to aspects of life in Budleigh Salterton, including building development and notable former residents of the town.

Other places to visit in the area

Budleigh Salterton pebble beach is a good place for picnics

Steamer Steps cliffs are regularly visited by parties of geology students

The National Trust's A La Ronde, outside Exmouth, is an interesting example of an architectural landmark associated with the lives of two remarkable women. A comparison may be made with the founding of Fairlynch Museum in the 1960s and its origins in the collections of costumes and geological specimens.  

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