Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Fairlynch Museum wins National Lottery support

The following press release was issued on 2 May 2018:

RALEIGH 400 – celebrating the life of Sir Walter Raleigh
Fairlynch Museum wins National Lottery support

Fairlynch Museum, Budleigh Salterton, has received £15,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for Raleigh 400, an exhibition and events celebrating the life of Sir Walter Raleigh in this year, the 400th anniversary of his death.

Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the exhibition will include Sir John Everett Millais’ famous painting ‘The Boyhood of Raleigh’ on loan from the Tate, London. The exhibition will open on 28 May and run until 31 August.

Alongside the exhibition there will be a recreation of the painting of ‘The Boyhood of Raleigh’ on 28 May as part of Budleigh’s Gala Week on the spot beside the Raleigh wall on the sea front where Millais painted the picture in 1870.

Thanks to National Lottery players, the Raleigh 400 project will also enable local young people to discover more about Sir Walter, his life and times in Devon and his dramatic career as a courtier and favourite of Queen Elizabeth, an adventurer and a poet; and his execution on the order of King James. Volunteers will play a key role in the creation of the exhibition and people of all ages will be able to get involved in events.

Walter Raleigh was born in about 1553 at Hayes Barton, East Budleigh. Arguably, he is one of the most significant historical figures from East Devon. With his pioneering attempts to establish the first English-speaking colony in the New World, well before the voyage of the Pilgrim Fathers in 1620, he contributed to the creation of the United States of America. Its founders  were inspired by what many saw as his republican ideas. Millais’ painting celebrates his seafaring spirit and is an outstanding image from the national art collection.

Commenting on the award, Trevor Waddington, Chairman of Fairlynch, said: ‘We are very pleased to have received support from the National Lottery towards this ambitious project and plan to engage local people and visitors through our exciting exhibition and events’.

Fairlynch Museum was established in 1967 to serve Budleigh Salterton and the Lower Otter Valley. The museum is a charitable organisation run entirely by volunteers. It cares for significant local collections of geology, archaeology, local history, fine art and textiles. The museum is open to the public every day (except Mondays) from Easter to the end of October.

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife.


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