Dawlish Museum

Dawlish Museum

With 11 rooms over 3 floors the Museum is famous for its display of Piper Bill Millins' D-Day bagpipes. Packed with artefacts 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 album form or on the PC. Children as well as adults are well catered for and there are many fun activities just for them,such as dressing up outfits,brass rubbing and the new cygnet trail.This years display features 'A Dawlish Childhood' and what it was like growing up in Dawlish over the past 100 years.

  • Great Storm Display

    The 'Orange Army' under attack from the huge waves during the storm of 2014. The Great Storm exhibition has rolling video and pictures telling the story of the storm and it's aftermath.

  • A Dawlish Childhood

    What it was like growing up in Dawlish over the past 100 years.

  • Library

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

  • Dolls House

    Restored to full working order for the new season the Dolls House or 'Little Higher Acres' is sure to delight both young and old with its minute attention to detail.

  • 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.

Admission & prices

Open from May to the end of September.
Usual opening times
Wed - Fri 10-30am to 1700pm
Sat - Sun: 14.00pm to 17.00pm
Last admission 16.15pm

(Please note we are normally closed Mondays
and Tuesdays but are open every day in August.)

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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Museum news

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  • Rotary Club of Dawlish present cheque and award

    Rotary Club of Dawlish present cheque and award

    Many thanks to the members of The Rotary Club of Dawlish for presenting the museum with a cheque for £100 towards our funds, much appreciated......

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  • Great New Sign !

    Great New Sign !

    It's a big thank you to Marcus ( on the left ) and Andrew (on the right) who together have created a brilliant new sign to attract visitors into the small museum garden to admire the restored garden tools......

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Information

  • Parking available
  • Toilets On-Site
  • Wheelchair access
  • Childrens activities
  • Gift Shop

Wheelchair access to Ground Floor and wheelchair friendly toilet facilities. Stair lift to First Floor and spare wheelchair available.
There is also a pleasant garden. (Steps down to garden but side gate can be opened upon request )

The Knowle was built between 1811 and 1839 by Mr Upham on the knoll overlooking the river .It was for sale in 1840 and described as:
“- situated in a shrubbery and garden and commands a beautiful view of the Valley of Dawlish and the sea, the latter within 4 minutes walk. The house contains breakfast room, dining room, drawing room and 4 best bedrooms and closet, servants bedrooms, kitchen, pantry, china cabinet, underground cellar and other convenience.''
However, in 1847 the lower part of the grounds had been sold to Dawlish Gas Co. but the house and garden were improved and it was leased out. The next owner was Dr Charles Lovely, who had his surgery in the house ,as did all the local doctors ,before the health centre was built in 1970.
In 1913, Dawlish Urban District Council bought the house for offices, where they remained until 1946 before moving to the Manor House. It remained as a clinic and the Museum took over the first floor in 1969,before occupying all the building.

Dawlish Museum Society
The Knowle
Barton Terrace
Dawlish
DAWLISH
EX7 9QH

T: 01626 888557
E: info@dawlishmuseum.co.uk

Our videos Click on the play button below to view our videos

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
1 Interview with Piper Bill Millin - Part 1 3:33
2 Interview with Piper Bill Millin - part 2 3:57
3 interview with Piper Bill Millin - Part 3 4:11
4 interview with Piper Bill Millin - Part 4 3:30

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Dawlish Museum

Dawlish Museum Society
The Knowle
Barton Terrace
Dawlish

DAWLISH, DEVON EX7 9QH