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A DICKENSIAN FESTIVE EVENING WAS HELD AT THE EXMOUTH MUSEUM AND HERITAGE CENTRE ON FRIDAY 8TH DECEMBER 2023

The magic of a Dickensian Christmas certainly came to The Exmouth Museum. Gifts for the treasure hunt, lucky dip, Christmas hamper and silent auction were very kindly donated by local businesses. Visitors were able to see what it was like in bygone days. A very successful event. Please click here to view more photos taken at the festival.

The downstairs rooms of the Museum were open to visitors for the evening at a reduced entry fee of only £1.00 per adult, children free and were able to meet some of the volunteers and discover what Exmouth was like in bygone days and also stock up on some stocking fillers with our selection of gifts and Exmouth Museum memorabilia.

To view more photos taken at the event please click here.

RECEPTION REFURBISHMENT

The winter of 2022/23 has seen major work carried in Reception, which was the original tack room of the stables, which date from the late 19th century. The space was gutted and transformed with new fixtures, carpet and desk.. A new Sales area where we can display our mugs and merchandise was added.All was carried out by volunteers, putting in many hours of hard work to give visitors a warm welcome in the coming season. We received generous support in materials and time from the following Exmouth businesses, The Kitchen Studio, Tim Wright Plastering, Jewsons, Carpet King, MPS Windows Glass and Wilsons Paints.

We held an Opening Ceremony on 31 March, using the occasion to express our thanks to Geoffrey Perriam for his contribution to the Museum over many years. Geoff became a steward in 1997 and has served on the Committee, as Assistant Curator and as a Trustee, as well as making generous donations and being an amazing resource of knowledge about the town. The Town Crier, Roger Bourgein announced the proceedings with MP Simon Jupp, Mayor Steve Gazzard and many stewards attending. Carole Evershed, Chair of the Management Committee presented Geoff with a framed expression of our thanks. To see more images of the Opening Ceremony click here.

Tesco Blue Tokens Charity Scheme

From 1 April to 30 June the Museum benefitted from Tesco’s Blue Token charity scheme. Shoppers donated their blue tokens and at the end of three months we received a grant 0f £500 from Tesco!!

Olly Davey, Mayor of Exmouth with
Museum Committee Chair Carole Evershed
The Brownies and the Rainbows with representatives from the Guides, the Royal Marines and the Dep.Lord Lieutenant at the end of a great day in Sheppards Row

A Festival of Thanks for our Armed Forces – Saturday 10 June 2023

The Museum hosted a Festival of Thanks for our Armed Forces in Sheppards Row which was closed for the day. Flags and bunting created a great atmosphere with special exhibits showcasing the town’s long association with the armed forces both in the Museum and in the street.The event was rung in by the town crier and officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Exmouth, Olly Davey.The Royal Marines Association and Royal Marines Historical Society, the Royal British Legion and Exmouth Girl Guides had stalls and exhibits included military vehicles; with local collector and author Simon Fogg bringing along a display of deactivated armaments. At 12 Noon the bugler from the Exmouth Town Concert Band sounded Revielle and the standards of the Royal British Legion, Royal Marines Association, Exmouth Guides, Exmouth Brownies and Exmouth Rainbows were all presented to the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Devon, Brian Wills- Pope, MBE and the Mayor, Olly Davey, who took the salute. The ceremony concluded with the band playing the National Anthem.

Please click here to view more images of the event.

Naming of Horse Ceremony

During the summer of 2022 we held a competition to name the horse in the mural painted by Gary Cook, a local artist, and the winners were Sennen and Roux Carroll, of Exmouth. On the 1st October 2022 Mayor Steve Gazzard presented the sisters with their prizes of art materials, for their successful joint entry of the name Duke.

Town Crier, Roger Bourgein rang his bell to gather everyone to celebrate in the Museum forecourt. We invited the two winners to paint images of their own horses Billy and Teddy.

We would like to thank Gary Cook, the artist, and Jewsons of Withycombe for supplying the materials for the mural, and everyone who supported this project.

Please click here to see more images and the girls return visit.

Organ Transplant Day 23 July 2022

Volunteers from the Museum attended with our gazebo in the Strand. The day was organised by Steve Gazzard, Mayor of Exmouth. To view more images please click here.

Armed Forces Day 2022

In June we hosted Armed Forces Day with the Royal Marines Charity, South West Water and local historians Simon and Carol Fogg.

We highlighted uniforms and paraphernalia from our collection. Simon Fogg brought findings from Dalditch Camp such as shells, bullets and brassware from World War ll. South West Water, whose buildings you can see in the background, talked about water saving measures and the Marines showed us just how much goes into a full rucksack and how fit you would need to be to carry it!

Exmouth Festival

Volunteers from the Museum manned our gazebo at Exmouth Festival on the late May Bank Holiday weekend at the Imperial Grounds. We were given 18 prizes for Grand Prize Draw and the winning tickets were drawn by David Sheppard of BBC Radio Devon, with Town Crier, Roger Bourgein in attendance. To view more images please click here.

Some groups who visited in 2021/22

The Brownies 17 March 2022 It is felt that children learn about the history of Exmouth much easier when actually seeing the artefacts and having explanations given. To view more of images from the Brownies visit please click here

Beacon School 25 June 2021. The school raised £76 in aid of our building fund!! Thank you Beacon School!! To see more photos click here.

The Air Cadets 26 August 2021 . The Community Space in the Upper Gallery/ Hayloft was dedicated to the Air Cadets at the time. To see more images of the visit please click here.

The Scouts 15 November 2021. We opened the Museum especially for the Group and some of our volunteers were able to show them round and give explanations about the artefacts. For more images please click here.

Save Our Museum campaign

In 2017 and 2018 the Museum commissioned several videos appealing for funds to buy the Museum. We also gave interviews to the press and on radio. To view the videos please click on individual links.

Carole Evershed, Chair of the Management Committee, Museum Society of Exmouth

Carole explains that fund raising is ongoing, even though we have bought the buildings, because of the large loan incurred in the process. Please click here to view.

Children of St Peter’s School telling us why the Museum is important to them. Please click here to view.

Interview with Tricia Cassel-Gerard on the future of Exmouth Museum. Please click here to view/listen