Duralife completing the work most efficiently in time for the
new season’s opening.
Our Grade II listed building is one of Budleigh Salterton’s most striking and attractive features, cherished by the local community as a museum for half a century.
But 200-year-old Fairlynch is costly to maintain. If you would like to contribute to our fighting fund to protect this very special landmark our Chairman
Trevor Waddington would be delighted to hear from you.
One of the many corners inside the Linhay showing just some of the boxes containing garments and
intriguing items worn by people in the past. Fascinating tours of Fairlynch’s costume store
can be arranged by special arrangement.
Posted 8 Mar 2017
A well-versed editor
For the past year, readers of Fairlynch’s Facebook page have been entertained by the monthly appearance of a photo, usually of an object in the Museum,
accompanied by a short poem. Michael Downes, a Fairlynch Trustee and editor of the Museum’s newsletter, decided that rhyming captions for
artefacts would present an amusing challenge and perhaps encourage visitors to create their own verses inspired by what they had seen in
the various collections. The Object of the Month and its accompanying poem are posted on the Museum noticeboard as well as on Facebook.
The current series of verses and objects relates to the forthcoming exhibition ‘Admiral Preedy and the Victorian Internet’ and began in February.
Here is the second of Michael’s offerings, inspired by Preedy’s service during the Royal Navy’s anti-slavery campaigns which began in the early 19th century.
Fairlynch’s Facebook page now has over 200 ‘likes’ from followers all over the world. Click on https://www.facebook.com/Fairlynch/ to view the page.
This slightly adapted picture of Sir Walter Ralegh and his young son Walt is one of the latest ‘posts’. The painting, by an unknown 16th century artist,
has a tragic note: Walt was killed during Sir Walter’s 1617 expedition in search of El Dorado. Ralegh’s friend Lawrence Keymis, an officer on the expedition,
was so stricken with remorse that he stabbed himself to death.
Make sure you visit the Sir Walter Ralegh Room at Fairlynch Museum. The celebrated Elizabethan courtier was born at East Budleigh,
just a few miles from Budleigh Salterton.
Posted 6 Mar 2017
2017: A Golden Year for the Museum
Looking ahead to the 50th anniversary of our founding – or as it was officially known back in 1967 ‘The Budleigh Salterton Arts Centre and Museum’ –
Fairlynch was featured in a three-page article published in March & April edition of The Budleigh Diary (to read it, click the image below). Many aspects of the Museum’s history were covered in the lavishly illustrated article, which appeared as part of the Diary’s series of Community Interviews.
The Budleigh Diary has covered events in the Lower Otter Valley for over 20 years and is distributed to 4,200 residential and business addresses in
the area. With its sister-title, The Sidmouth Diary, it is run by publisher Nigel Jones together with the Devonshire magazine http://devonshiremagazine.co.uk
and the website www.hubcast.co.uk
Posted 26 Sep 2016
In 2017 Fairlynch Museum will be mounting an exhibition to celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of former resident Vice Admiral George William Preedy CB (1817-1894).
In 1858 Preedy was Captain of HMS Agamemnon which laid the British half of the first successful Atlantic telegraph cable from Ireland to Newfoundland.
The Fairlynch exhibition, titled ‘Admiral Preedy and the Victorian Internet’, is being staged in an important year for Devon historians. In the first two weeks of April 2017,
the Devonshire Association, working with the Devon Family History Society, is celebrating nearly 600 years of contact and interaction between Devon and Newfoundland.
Although the celebration will be county-wide, the main events will take place in Exeter (supported by both Devon County Council and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum)
and in Bideford (a port with strong historic Newfoundland connections).
The exhibition at Fairlynch Museum is planned to run from Good Friday (14 April), when the Museum opens to the public, to 29 October 2017. It will focus on Preedy’s naval
career and command of HMS Agamemnon in 1858. It will also explain the challenges of laying submarine telegraph cables and the revolution in communications
which this technology - the Victorian Internet - brought about to benefit commerce and the British Empire.
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