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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....



    Well it's been a busy Summer at Brixham Heritage Museum.  A big Thank You to our volunteers, we couldn't have done it without you!  We have had some incredible living history events, launched some new projects and updated many of our exhibits on local history.   We're not finished yet, we'll be launching our new Oral History Pod in November and showcasing the results of our 'Super Heroes of History Colouring Competition' during October.    
















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 look forward to welcoming you:-


Tuesday:        10am - 4pm

Wednesday: 10am - 4pm

Thursday:      10am - 4pm

Friday:             10am - 4pm

Saturday:       10am - 1pm

Sunday:          Closed

Monday:         Closed

FREE ENTRY

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.


Our next Welcome Event is on Saturday 26 October from 6pm at MORE Curious Kitchen.   Please book in advance quoting that you are coming for the Welcome Event and  you will receive 10% off your Bill. 

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If you'd like to know more about Brixham, then why not join our team of Volunteers?  We have a wide range of projects and only need your enthusiasm and whatever time you can spare.  Our Museum loves to share the stories of Brixham so we hope you will bring your guests and children along to see us. It's free to enter so a family outing won't break the bank.   

Our 'Super Heroes of History' Colouring Competition has now closed.  We had over 150 entries so we will be assembling our Judges shortly.   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.


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.  We'll keep you posted on the next Talk here and on our Brixham Heritage Facebook page 


What a great talk on the Mayflower II

Unfortunately John Risdon had to postpone his planned talk on The Home Front, we look forward to hearing more about this fascinating topic later in the year.   Luckily our Writer in Residence, John Scotney, kindly agreed to step in at the last minute and told us the story of one of Brixham's most iconic Vessels, Mayflower II.  Next year is the 400 Year Anniversary of the original Mayflower's journey to America, so we can expect increased interest in Britains gift of the Mayflower II as a thank you to the US for their support in World War Two. 


In 1957 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"

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:  7-9pm.   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 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 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 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.


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 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 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 £20 by cheque, cash or if easier pay here by Paypal?