Friday, 13 June 2014

Full marks for Fairlynch Museum

Happy museum visitors Kerry Mayers and son Charlie give the thumbs-up to Fairlynch

Whether writing online or in the visitors’ book, people continue to lavish praise on Budleigh Salterton’s museum as the season enters its third month.   

The building, the volunteer staff and the exhibitions have all played their part in making a call at Fairlynch one of the enjoyable highlights of a visit to the town.

“This is a lovely place for local history - beautiful building and packed with interest,” wrote Beatrice H. from Exeter on Tripadvisor. “The volunteers were welcoming - admittedly I am a history graduate but my 16-year-old daughter found plenty to interest her too. Nice little shop - we will be back!  thank you.”

Alison Hilton and her family were also attracted by the building. “So pleased we popped in on Sunday - who could resist such a beautiful house?!” she wrote on our Facebook page. “We didn't have much time but the displays were really interesting and we were made to feel very welcome! Thank you!”

Similar compliments were echoed by people from further afield. “A wonderful place. Thank you Budleigh Salterton,”  wrote the Curtis family from Australia in the visitors’ book.

Museums are increasingly expected to cater for all ages, and Fairlynch is certainly playing its part. “Great for all the family - Thank you!” wrote the Roberts family from Manningtree in Essex. A Nottingham resident was pleased with the way that the quiz kept children involved with the exhibitions.

The Local History section was singled out for praise by a visitor from Cheam who was researching a family tree, while the Museum’s ‘Great War at Fairlynch’ exhibition was a hit with Kate Benson from Chorleywood, Hertfordshire. “Wonderful display on WW1, informative, bright and relevant to Budleigh Salterton - Well done!!!” was her comment.

It looks as though whatever the weather can throw at us, Fairlynch Museum will ensure that visitors to Budleigh enjoy their stay in East Devon.

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