Budleigh Salterton’s Fairlynch Museum commemorates the Centenary

The Fairlynch Museum in Budleigh Salterton has been busy preparing its commemoration of the centenary of the First World War in many ways:

‘The Great War at Fairlynch’ blog published its first post on 24 January announcing the start of Fairlynch Museum’s exhibition about World War One on Sunday 6 April 2014. Visit http://fairlynchgreatwar.blogspot.co.uk/ to read a succession of posts about aspects of WW1 and the Lower Otter Valley.

Fairlynch Museum and Arts Centre’s 2014 exhibition ‘The Great War at Fairlynch’ opened on Sunday 6 April. The exhibition, put together by the Museum’s Local History Group, tells the stories of people associated with Budleigh Salterton and villages of the Lower Otter Valley during the 1914-18 conflict. Much research has been carried out to find details about the names on local war memorials as well as about the combatants who survived and returned.  Please contact localhistory@fairlynchmuseum.co.uk if you think you can help.

The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded £6,300 to Fairlynch Museum and Arts Centre. Awarded through HLF’s ‘First World War: then and now programme’, the project is focusing on documenting the impact of the First World War on the lives of people living in Budleigh Salterton and the Lower Otter Valley.budleigh WW1 deckchairs1

As part of the HLF-funded project to mark the WW1 centenary, ten designer deckchairs went on show for the press at Fairlynch Museum on 23 May. Each deckchair bears WW1-related artwork produced by pupils from local schools as part of a project organised jointly between teachers and Museum volunteers.

The Britannia Inn is working with Fairlynch Museum and the Moonstone Theatre Company to organise a WW1 centenary commemorative evening on Saturday 7th June. The event is intended to raise funds for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust.

Contact: Michael Downes of Fairlynch Museum & Arts Centre for more information:

Tel: 01395 446407 Email: mr.downes@gmail.com

Click here to visit the Fairlynch Museum Website