Fairlynch Museum, 27 Fore Street, Budleigh Salterton, Devon, EX9 6NP
Open Daily from 30th March to 31st October, 2.00 p.m. to 4.30. p.m.
This is a small museum but contains many extremely interesting exhibits. This year it celebrates 400 years of the death of a local hero: Sir Walter Raleigh and a room is devoted to the life of the great Elizabethan with the prize exhibit of Millais’ painting “The Boyhood of Raleigh” from the 28th May until the 31st August. Among the many exhibits are displays of Quilts and Textiles, and interesting information on WW1: Caring for Casualties in local VAD Hospitals.
In the Costume Room displaying 100 years of Devon Weddings is also a cabinet displaying a variety of Skirt Lifters from the 17th century through the Victorian and Edwardian period, including amongst others the Fyfe’s Penny Farthing, The Perfect Holder, The Eureka, Mourning, Children and Art Nouveau Spring Clip Skirt Lifters. Very few skirt lifters are on public display and it is a credit to the museum to exhibit these interesting items of social history.
The Museum is well worth a visit. Entry is free, but donations are always welcome.