Our 2017 display in the Exhibition Room marked the bicentenary of the birth of George William Preedy (1817-1894). Originally from a Worcestershire family, Preedy retired to Budleigh Salterton after a distinguished naval career during which he captained HMS Agamemnon. This was the Royal Navy ship which, together with the American Navy's USS Niagara, laid the first successful telegraph cable across the Atlantic in 1858. The Preedy exhibition was complemented by a display in the Costume Room which showed a telegram being delivered to a Victorian household.
Lintorn Wightman, great-great-grandson of Admiral Preedy, cuts the ribbon to open the Preedy exhibition on Thurs 13 March 2017.