The ‘Survival!’ exhibition was extended into 2012 in view of the importance of the Scott centenary.
The museum also staged an exhibition to mark the centenary of the birth of the playwright and novelist R.F. Delderfield. The author of books like Diana and To Serve Them All My Days is usually associated with Sidmouth and Exmouth. It is not generally known that he lived in Budleigh Salterton for a time, at various locations. In a chapter of his autobiography Nobody Shouted Author (1951) he refers humorously to his experience of the town and its residents, calling it Pebblecombe Regis.
Delderfield took a keen interest in the local area, intervening in later life as a prominent defender of Woodbury Common when it was threatened by development. An early supporter of 'the right to roam' over the Common, he wrote: "The people of East Devon have, for generations, considered themselves to possess this right and I for one have walked and ridden over it, without challenge, since I was a boy back in 1924.” The proposal to develop its 500 acres for use as a golf course, was not, he stated, the provision of an amenity, but "an exercise in despotism reminiscent of the Land Enclosure Acts of the early nineteenth century”.
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