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BRIXHAM HERITAGE MUSEUM

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

Brixham Heritage Museum is a registered Charity.  Our charity number is 306633. 

WELCOME

TO

BRIXHAM HERITAGE MUSEUM


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



We hope you'll join us either as a Visitor or as a Volunteer as we bring the fascinating history of Brixham to life.  Whether you want to research your family history, learn more about the Heroes of World Wars, enjoy the story of the Mayflower or our rich Maritime heritage,  we have something for everyone in our welcoming family friendly Museum. 


We are delighted that we have been able to re-open, initially on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Please bear with us if our new safety measures cause some delays and we hope that, in line with Government guidelines, our visitors will wear masks.   If you are experiencing Covid 19 symptoms we trust that you will delay your visit until you feel better. 


We look forward to welcoming our volunteers and visitors again!  

OPENING

HOURS

Tuesday:

10am-1pm

Wednesday:

10am-1pm

Thursday:

10am-1pm

Friday:

10am-1pm

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed

Monday:

Closed

FREE ENTRY

On 8 May we commemorated 'Victory in Europe Day', generally known as VE Day. On this day in 1945 the Allies of World War II formally accepted Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender of its armed forces.


How did we get to this moment? Through years of blood and sacrifice. The people of Brixham were no exception, as part of our Heritage Heroes project we will be honouring our local heroes, we will never forget them. 

There are so many fascinating stories surrounding the people of Brixham. 

Historian Martin Smith has started to bring them to life.  

If you are new to Brixham (particularly if you are a new resident when local Estate Agents will be welcoming you with our new Welcome Pack, full of special offers from local businesses, information on charities and the opportunities to join a wide range of clubs and activities). you are welcome to come along to our monthly 'Welcome events.   Find out more about what's happening in your new community by liking the 'Welcome Brixham' Facebook Page and joining the groups that you find interesting.


WELCOME EVENTS  

We are delighted that the following local businesses have offered to host Welcome Events once the current situation with corona virus is resolved, we hope you will join us:-


Dilly Dally Tea Room:  www.dillydallytearoom.co.uk

The Chart Room First Class Coffee Lounge: www.brixhamsteampacket.co.uk/brixham-coffee-lounge

Trinity Cakes: www.trinitycakes.co.uk

Miguels Tapas:  www.miguelstapas.com


If you would like to promote your Brixham business, charity or organisation in our Welcome Pack or would be interested in hosting a Welcome Event, please email Marketing@brixhamheritage.org.uk


Our 'Super Heroes of History' Colouring Competition has now closed.  We had over 150 entries,  our Judges have made their very tough decisions, the quality of the entries was exceptional.  We will be notifying our Winners soon.  Lloyds Bank are kindly providing prizes for three age groups; Under 5's., 6-9 years old, 10 years and older.  The best coloured-in Heroes will be used to promote the Museum's childrens activities in 2020.

Captain Sassy

Queen of the Pirates

Peter Padfield's latest book 'Mayflower II Diary: Sketches from a lost age' is now available to buy from the Museum.  This is a record of the 1957 voyage of the Mayflower II, built in Brixham, that sailed to Plimouth Plantation in the USA, under Captain Captain Alan Villiers.  It was every sailors dream, no GPS, no engine, just a sextant and the stars.  This diary of Peter's letters is interspersed with his pencil sketches, cine film frames and photographs to provide a candid and compelling account of life on board during this intrepid voyage.


BRIXHAM TALKABOUT

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.   Doors open at 2pm.  Our Talks for 2020 are currently being finalised, please let us know if you have a topic that you'd like to talk to us about or want to know more about. 

Quiz Dates:

Our Quiz Nights are always a fun brain teaser, we'll keep you posted on the date of our next Quiz here and our Brixham Heritage Museum Facebook page. 


Time:  7.30-9pm (Doors open at 7pm)..   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.


Our next Quiz will be announced soon.

We hope you will join us!

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


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!


  • If you are looking for a book that gives you a comprensive overview of 'Brixham, it's history and it's place in history' then look no further than the latest book of that name by John Scotney. Now available from the Museum. 


 

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

          What a 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 both 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, free entry to our Monthly Museum Talks and access to the Museum's private Library and Archives.



For a small fee of £30 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.

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.

Brixham Fish Market
Brixham Fish Market
Our Life Boat
Our Life Boat
Brixham Harbour 1889
Brixham Harbour 1889
D-Day
D-Day
Nurses in WW1
Nurses in WW1
Brixham Boats 1800s
Brixham Boats 1800s
Church Outing 1925
Church Outing 1925
Our Archaeological Team at Berry Head
Our Archaeological Team at Berry Head
Counterfeit French Guiana coin
Counterfeit French Guiana coin
Margaret Clitherow School visit
Margaret Clitherow School visit
The Coffin House in King Street
The Coffin House in King Street
We love kids in the Museum
We love kids in the Museum
Mayflower II build
Mayflower II build
Napoleonic Brixham
Napoleonic Brixham


Moments to remember

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 regret that due to the pandemic, we are not able to process new Family History Requests at this time.


We look look forward to resuming our usual service as soon as possible.   

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 or Trawler!



Belgian School in Brixham during WW2

If you would like use Family History Service it's simple:-


Contact us on Tel: 01803 856 267

Email us at family.history@brixhamheritage.org.uk

Complete the form on our Contact Page


Once you have contacted Family HIstory and you have decided that you want to go ahead, please pay your initial Fee of £30 by cheque, cash or if easier pay here by Paypal?