Following the series of successful events in 2018 marking 400 years since the execution of Sir Walter Raleigh the museum is staging a display highlighting the achievements of other 16th and 17th century navigators. The exhibition looks forward to the Mayflower 400 celebrations in 2020 which will commemorate the historic voyage of the Pilgrim Fathers and the founding of modern America. However, the exhibition is making the point that Devon men such as Sir Walter Raleigh and Sir Humphrey Gilbert established English colonies in North America decades before the Pilgrim Fathers sailed.
Items on display include a large model of Sir Francis Drake's ship the Golden Hinde, kindly lent by Dartmouth Museum, and Fairynch's recently acquired portrait thought to be of Sir Walter Raleigh.
In the Local History room we have an exhibition titled 'The Changing Face of Budleigh Salterton High Street'. The exhibition was put together by Roz Hickman, Head of Local History and is designed to show how the town's shop fronts have evolved over the years.
Also forming part of the display are paintings by Ken Walker which are recognised as an important archive of the town's architectuaral heritage.
A number of artefacts and photos of many long-gone businesses on the High Street dating back to 1867 are also on display.