Monday, 8 June 2015

Museum stars in tale of Jurassic Coast heroes

The second book of the Budding Creativity project managed by Budleigh Salterton Decorative & Fine Arts Society was launched on 1 June at the town’s St Peter’s Church. 

It features the same young Budleigh heroes Peter, Caroline, Eddie and Bud the dog, whose adventures were the basis of the first book in the series. The Times of their Lives takes the reader on a trip back to the age of Queen Elizabeth I. Which ties in rather well with the opening earlier this year of the Sir Walter Ralegh Room at Fairlynch Museum.

Artist Jed Falby's mural shows the young Budleigh heroes passing through the time portal in All Saints Church where they enter the colourful age of the Tudors 

Sir Walter, Sir Francis Drake, Queen Elizabeth herself and even William Shakespeare all make an appearance in this ripping yarn where imagination plays as important a part as historical fact. 

We learn for example that Fairlynch Museum’s thatched roof was paid for by the sale of a Shakespeare sonnet, written on parchment and discovered by the young heroes following their return to the 21st century from the age of the Tudors.

HMS Ark Royal in Simon Wood's pebble art on Budleigh Salterton beach. The Elizabethan ship was originally built for Sir Walter Ralegh and named Ark Ralegh

The Times of their Lives was composed by pupils from St Peter’s School in Budleigh Salterton, Drake’s School in East Budleigh, Otterton School, and The Maynard School in Exeter. Members of Exmouth Community College and Colyton Grammar School also contributed to the murals and film which accompanied the book’s publication.  

Budleigh pebble artist Simon Wood was another contributor. His creations have been likened in the local press to the work of Banksy. Click here to read more about that. 

The Times of their Lives is on sale at £5.00 at various outlets in Budleigh Salterton, including the Tourist Information Centre and Fairlynch Museum.  

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