Thursday, 21 February 2013

Sea Beauties of the Past


It’s not all ball gowns and bustles in Fairlynch Museum’s Costume Department. To add a dash of glamour to this year’s ‘Sea Salt and Sponges’ exhibition they’ve come up with a display of vintage bathing costumes. There’s even a model of a bathing machine, one of those weird contraptions used by Victorian ladies to preserve their modesty while preparing to frolic in the waves on Budleigh beach. 

‘Sea, Salt and Sponges’ opens at FairlynchMuseum on 29 March and runs until 30 September with extra opening during October half term

Talking of vintage, while going round the shops in Budleigh to ask if they’d be kind enough to display posters for the Museum I always find a welcome at What Katy Did. Well, the owner Katy Gooding, pictured below, has more than a passing interest in Fairlynch’s contents, seeing that she specialises in the kind of vintage goodies that will eventually end up in museum displays.

So always keen to repay one good turn with another I thought I’d display Katy’s latest flier shown above. And broadcast the good news that her shop’s being featured in the April issue of Homes and Antiques, the magazine of the Antiques Roadshow.


They’re obviously expecting to see some of the items in Katy’s shop making an appearance on the TV show one day. Apparently, according to H&A writer Alice Roberton who met Katy at the first Crikey! It’s Vintage show to be held in nearby Exmouth,  Devon is emerging at a bit of a hot-spot for vintage. 

Showing off some vintage dress sense: What Katy Did owner Katy Gooding at her shop in Budleigh Salterton  
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