Welcome



    We are delighted to re-open Brixham Heritage Museum after a winter of updating our electrics, renovating our archives and putting the finishing touches to our new displays.  A big Thank You to our volunteers, we couldn't have done it without you!
















We hope you'll join us either as a Visitor or as a Volunteer as we launch some exciting projects and 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.

FREE ENTRY

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

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....

If you are new to Brixham, particularly if you are a new resident, then check out our new 'Welcome Brixham' Facebook page for opportunities to socialise, volunteer and join in with Community events.   The Museum is now host to a new Information Point so we hope you'll visit us to find out more about all things Brixham.

NEWS FROM OUR ARCHAEOLOGY TEAM


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


Weather permitting, they are 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 29 April - Join Mike Haywood from Trinity Sailing.


SUMMER FAYRE ON THE QUAY 

Join us for this fun annual event, this year taking place on St George's Day, Tuesday 23 AprilWe'll be there from 10am,  we hope you'll come along and say hello!


COFFEE MORNING on Saturday 15 June at The Community Hall

Our volunteers make the best home made cakes, savouries and preserves, a tasty treat in Fore Street.

Quiz Dates:

Our Quiz Nights are always a fun brain teaser, please join us for our next Quiz on:-

Saturday 27 April.


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?