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Posted 19 Mar 2018

2018 AGM


The 2018 Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Fairlynch Museum and Arts Centre will be held on Thursday, 5 April at 15:00 in the Peter Hall, Budleigh Salterton.

The AGM will be followed by a talk, ‘Millais and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood’ given by art historian Maggie Giraud.

The talk will illustrate the Museum’s forthcoming RALEIGH 400 exhibition and display of ‘The Boyhood of Raleigh’, on loan from Tate Britain.

The museum will be closed for the day.


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Fairlynch is now closed and re-opens on 30th March 2018

Posted 8 Feb 2018

Raleigh 400















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.


You can find out more about Raleigh 400 on a blog specially set up by Fairlynch volunteer Michael Downes at It includes a calendar of

Raleigh 400 events taking place worldwide in 2018.

Posted 21 Nov 2017

We Need Your Help


Fairlynch Museum is making a display in 2018 to commemorate the centenary of the end of WW1

We are looking for any information, memories, documentation (letters etc.) and photographs that you may have from relatives and friends

who worked in the VAD Hospitals at Serai, Budleigh Salterton and Bicton House and also Work Parties - set-up to support the Hospitals.


The Hospitals functioned from 1914 - 1919.



The photo below may have been taken at Serai.

We have lists of the staff of those hospitals – and lists of people who were part of Working Parties to support the Hospitals - these can

be found online at Fairlynch Museum website:


or leave a message on the website contact page.

Posted 26 Apr 2017

The Making of a Museum












A long-awaited booklet about the history of Fairlynch is now available with the publication of The Making of a Museum, edited by Fairlynch Trustee Michael Downes. Based on

a 1987 study of the museum building itself, the new title has been brought out to mark Fairlynch’s 50th anniversary and chronicles the development of a much-loved

Budleigh institution from its beginnings up to the present day.


At over 50 pages and lavishly illustrated with almost 100 images, The Making of a Museum is a tribute to the original founders of Fairlynch as well as a story of determination

and vision. It was a story crowned by many achievements. One of the most notable was persuading the Tate Gallery to allow on two occasions the showing in Budleigh of

Millais’ original painting ‘The Boyhood of Raleigh’.


The booklet is available from the Museum shop, price £5.00. All profits go to Fairlynch.


Posted 22 Mar 2017

Thanks to Generous Friends















Fairlynch Trustees have once again expressed their gratitude to Friends of the Museum who stepped in to help with a recent appeal. Much needed funds enabled new

doors to be provided for the Linhay, the building next to Fairlynch which houses the Museum’s valuable costume collection.


Not too many visitors and not all volunteers have seen inside our costume store. Those who have been given a tour of the area will know how important it is to

maintain the right environmental conditions in the Linhay, which contains hundreds of costumes and other items of clothing. Some of them have been described as

of national importance following a recent survey by textile specialists.

The new doors for the building were provided and fitted by a team from Honiton-based company 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.



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