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BRIXHAM MUSEUM

BOLTON CROSS, BRIXHAM, TQ5 8LZ. TEL: 01803 856 267. EMAIL: MAIL@BRIXHAMHERITAGE.ORG.UK

WELCOME

TO

BRIXHAM HERITAGE MUSEUM

 

We hope you will love our Town's History as much as we do....

OPENING TIMES

 

The Museum is now closed for the Winter. We will be maintaining and improving our exhibits, preserving our archives and working on education and heritage initiatives. If you would like to help the Museum we have some great projects that need enthusiastic volunteers.

Our Office will still be open Tuesday to Friday between 9.30 and 1pm.

We look forward to hearing from you!

 

We hope you will join us on Monday 19 November for a fascinating talk about the Fish Hawker Women of Brixham which will be held at the Museum, doors open at 2pm. On Saturday 24 November the Museum will hold its Christmas Fayre between 10am and 3pm - please come along and join us!

If you are new to Brixham, particularly if you are a new resident, then check out our new 'Welcome Brixham' Facebook page for info on opportunities to socialise, volunteer and join in with Community events.

NEWS FROM OUR ARCHAEOLOGY TEAM

 

The Museum's Archaeological Team of volunteers has been very busy since May investigating a site on the edge of Berry Head Common.

 

Weather permitting, they were there every Wednesday and their dedication and enthusiasm has paid off with the discovery of prehistoric worked flints and more artefacts from the time of the Forts. To date, the Team have found over 2,600 worked flints - not all finished tools but mainly "debitage" (waste) from prehistoric flint knapping at the site.

 

The 'Star' find by Viv Mifsud is the copper 1811 Token minted by the Devon Mines. The reverse picture shows the Wheel Friendship Mining Offices and Mine Engine.

 

During the School Holidays the Team was joined by two keen young archaeologists, aged 5 and 10 years old, who enjoyed taking part in a real 'dig' and had the opportunity of uncovering prehistoric flints.

 

If you would like to know more about prehistoric Brixham or join our Archaeology Team pop in to the Museum for more information. You will be very welcome!

MUSEUM TALKS

Once a month we host a Talk at the Museum, they cover a variety of subjects and are simply a fascinating way to spend a Monday afternoon. So join us from 2.30pm to 3.30pm, it's free if you are a member and £3 for non-members. The next Talk is:-

 

Monday 19 November - The Fish Hawker Women of Brixham by Janet Petit.

 

We hope you can join us!

We had a great time on Saturday 27 October at our first 'Living History' Event.

 

CELEBRATE MAYFLOWER II

The Mayflower II was built at Uphams Shipyard in 1956 to thank the United States for their aid during the dark days of World War Two.

 

An American Newspaper wrote

"America awaits with anticipation the coming of the Vessel whose historic name has echoed down the ages, as much a symbol of freedom as the Statue of Liberty"

 

We celebrated the contribution that the Mayflower II made to Brixham's heritage with a fun 1950's party, an original film about the Mayflower II and a Buffet. We were delighted to welcome Apprentices that worked on the Mayflower together with their families and local people who wanted to know more about this important part of our heritage.

We had a very patriotic event on Saturday 10 November as we commemorated and celebrated 100 years since the end of World War One.

 

We watched an original 1916 film, sang-a-long to the songs that inspired a generation and recognised the bravery and sacrifice of our Brixham men and women. This was Brixham Heritage Museums second 'Living Histor'y Event and took place at Brixham Conservative Club..

 

 

We love to see families learning about their history together, so why not ask your family and friends about their special Brixham moments? We hope you will join us in our ongoing Oral History Project. Recording your memories of the events that made Brixham what it is today will help us to safeguard those stories for future generations.

Malcolm Beauchamp interviews Mike Buley for the first time

Do you have a story to tell about Brixham?

Do you remember the Mayflower II being built?

Did you see the U-boat at the Breakwater?

Why not let us record your stories for our Oral History Project? We'd love to see your memories safeguarded for future generations!

 

Alternatively, would you like to learn the most most professional way to record an Oral History? Then volunteer for our team. We'd be delighted to have you on board. This is a two year 'Hear & Now' Project in cooperation with SoundCommunities.

Thank You to our dedicated Volunteers for putting on another successful Summer Fare! This was well supported by the people of Brixham and our Visitors raising £509! Brilliant!

 

£35 was also raised from the sale of Raffle Tickets, which are now available from the Reception at the Museum.

What a lovely day at the Lupton House Festival of History. Rain may have stopped play on the Sunday, but on Saturday we walked in the footsteps of heroes.

Quiz Dates:

We regret that our 10 November 2018 Quiz is cancelled.

The next Quiz is on Saturday 16 January 2019 at Brixham Yacht Club

 

Time: 7-9pm. Entry is £5.00 per person, which includes nibbles and a glass of wine or soft drink. Teams of 4 (can be made up on the night) and everyone is welcome. Places go quickly so

PLEASE PHONE 01803 856267 to let us know you are coming.

 

We hope you will join us!

What a great 'Fishstock 2018' we had on Saturday 8 September. We're hoping to show you a video celebrating the Fishhawkers soon - so check in with us later... you'll be glad you did!

If you would like further information on this Project please contact admin@encounters-arts.co.uk or telephone Shelley on 077074 986 89

 

 

 

Brixham Heritage Museum has an wonderful group of Volunteers and we thank them all! Enthusiastic, determined, friendly and fun, they keep the Museum going. If you would like to join our Team please get in touch, we're sure that whatever your interests and skills we can find a place for you.

 

Thank you to the people of Brixham!

Without you we could not safeguard the Heritage of this interesting Town!

 

  • We are delighted to be working with Brixham Heritage Trail to bring Brixham's history to life.

What an great project! For more information please click here

 

  • We are pleased to announce the latest book by Samantha Little, our Writer in Residence. "Writing Home to Brixham: Lives across a Century Volume II" is a compilation of moments in time, when Brixham boys wrote back from the front during World War One. Both Volumes I & II are available from the Museum.

 

  • "Voyaging over Life's Sea, a History of the British Seamens Boys Home Brixham" has been revitalised and released by Chris Potts and Derek Wilson, it has lots of new information and is available from this Museum.

 

  • Did you know that becoming a Patron of Brixham Museum entitles you to Membership Benefits such as 50% off Family History Sessions and access to the Museum's private Library and Archive.

 

We need help we to keep our busy Museum running. So whether you would like to volunteer, donate or become a Member, your patronage is valued.

For a small fee of £20 our Experts offer a 2 hour research session on an individual name, vessel, or address.

We have an extensive selection of original photos that can be bought and used for personal or business use.

Moments to capture

We look forward to welcoming you to our Museum. Whether you are a School Teacher trying to keep up with a group of inquisitive minds, a local Historian that needs some information or a family wanting to entertain your children on a rainy day, we want you to enjoy yourself!

Hopefully you will also come away with some great stories about the people and events that shaped Brixham. If you would like to know more about our Museum please do not hesitate to contact us or speak to one of our helpful Volunteers.

FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH CENTRE

Tel: 01803 856 267

All proceeds support the continued operation of the Museum

We can help you trace your personal Family Tree. The results will contain Names, Ocupations, Addresses and the details of Births, Marraiges and Deaths of a family members going back over many generations.

 

Our research covers all of England and Wales and of course our archives have extensive records covering the local Brixham families through the generations. You are welcome to work side by side with one of our research team or have your Family Tree created by the Museum's experts.

 

.... and, If you live locally, we can even produce the history of your house!

 

 

Belgian School in Brixham during WW2