Raleigh 400

Raleigh 400

By: Fairlynch Museum
Added: 02 February 2018


This year sees the 400th anniversary of Sir Walter Raleigh’s death. Budleigh Salterton’s Fairlynch Museum and Sherborne Castle in Dorset, built by Raleigh in 1594, are two West Country places with ambitious plans for marking the quatercentenary.

The highlight of Fairlynch’s Raleigh 400 exhibition, opening on 28 May, will be the original painting ‘The Boyhood of Raleigh’ by the celebrated Victorian artist Sir John Everett Millais. On loan from Tate Britain, this Pre-Raphaelite masterpiece, set on Budleigh beach and showing the young Walter and his half-brother Humphrey Gilbert, has been exhibited locally only on two occasions in the last 50 years. A second painting by Millais will be on show, together with other period items including a pair of Sir Walter’s gloves. fairlynchmuseumuk.

You can find out more about Raleigh 400 on a blog specially set up by Fairlynch volunteer Michael Downes at raleigh400.blogspot.co.uk It includes a calendar of Raleigh 400 events taking place worldwide in 2018.