Fairlynch Museum opens today!

Fairlynch Museum opens today! - Fairlynch Museum

By: Clare Suttie
Added: 20 July 2021

The Fairlynch Museum in Budleigh Salterton is opening at last today -  Tuesday 20 July - after being closed since 2019.

Reopening has been managed in the light of advice from East Devon’s Covid Compliance team, giving confidence that it will be as safe as possible for both stewards and visitors.

Further good news is that a successful recruiting campaign for stewards has made possible a morning shift from 11.30am to 2.00pm, thereby doubling the past opening hours of the Museum - which will be open Tuesday to Sunday, 11.30 to 4.30.

Exhibitions this year include Croquet Club 150 and VE­Day 75, originally planned for 2020. An exhibition of paintings and writings has been assembled to complement a new book by Friend of Fairlynch Sarah Bussy: ’Joyce Dennys and Budleigh Salterton’ will be launched at the Literary Festival in September.

Visitors can also look out for a new exhibit: a model of Her Majesty’s Ship Ark Royal - Flagship of the English Fleet which defeated the Spanish Armada in 1588. Originally named Ark Ralegh, she was built at Deptford for Sir Walter in 1587 by master shipwright Richard Chapman and was later purchased by the Crown for £5,000. The 1:144 scale model was built by Friend of Fairlynch Patrick Camp for display in the Sir Walter Ralegh Room

We shall look forward to seeing everyone, look out for our masked Sir Walter Ralegh and son!