Well 2019 was a busy year at Brixham Heritage Museum. A big Thank You to our volunteers, our visitors and the people of Brixham, we couldn't have done it without you! We had some incredible living history events, launched some new projects and updated many of our exhibits on local history. We're now closed for maintenance and will continue working through the winter. We hope you'll join us when we re-open in the Spring.
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 now closed for the winter, we hope you'll visit us in the Spring.
If you are new to Brixham, particularly if you are a new resident, then 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. Come along to our monthly 'Welcome events' and 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.
We look forward to announcing our February Welcome Event soon!
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 in the New Year. 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.
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.
Thank You to the Co-Op stores in Brixham. for the past 9 months they have given us 1% of the money that the Co-Op members spent on their shopping. We'll be receiving a cheque on 23 November and it will help us to continue with our Education programme at the Museum. As a Charity that depends on donations to keep its doors open, this will make a huge difference.
Get ready for a delicious Christmas at our Welcome Event. Chocolates, cake, coffee and good company at Ella's. If you are new to Brixham come along and meet our volunteers, just look for the Welcome Banner! You'll be very welcome!
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 final talks of 2019 were:-
MONDAY 11 NOVEMBER: As we commemorate the bravery of those that sacrificed so much, join us for a talk by Keith Johnson on 'The Great War 1914-1918' in the Maritime Room. A fascinating presentation of the causes and course of the first world war. We also have information on our local heroes and local history books that bring to life the reality of how the war impacted the people of Brixham.
MONDAY 18 NOVEMBER: World War Two was fought on many fronts. Join us for a talk by John Risdon on 'Galmpton with Churston Ferrers, the Home Front 1939-1945' in the Maritime Room. John is a respected local historian that has a way of bringing history alive. The unsung heroes of the Home Front were the fathers, grandfathers, sons and brothers of Brixham. We are sure you won't want to miss this presentation. Local history books will also be available for those that wish to know more about Brixham's role in supporting our forces at home.
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: 7-9pm. 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!
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.
We had a great time 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.
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!
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..
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.
If you would like further information on this Project please contact email@example.com 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!
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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.
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.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org