Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Raleigh 400 opens 28 May for 150 invited guests

News from Fairlynch:

Museum volunteers have expressed delight at the success of the Raleigh 400 exhibition which was opened on 28 May by the Lord Lieutenant of Devon David Fursdon, seen above. Photo: Michael Downes

The highlight is Sir John Millais' 1870 masterpiece depicting young Walter Raleigh and his half-brother Humphrey Gilbert on Budleigh's famous pebble beach.

The 150 invited guests included Lord and Lady Clinton, seen here (l-r) with the Lord Lieutenant, ‘Sir Walter Raleigh’ and Cllr Tom Wright, Mayor of Budleigh Salterton.  
Photo: Lizzie Mee

Cllr Wright admires Millais’ masterpiece  
Photo: Michael Downes

The painting, on loan from Tate London, has been exhibited only three times in the town where it was first created, but local interest in one of Devon's most celebrated and enigmatic historical figures remains as intense as ever. 

Rosemary Griggs, in costume as Sir Walter Raleigh’s mother Katherine Champernowne, greets visitors to Fairlynch  Photo: Lizzie Mee

Record numbers of visitors have been welcomed at the museum following coverage of the exhibition on BBC Spotlight. Other treasures on display included a second Millais painting of the artist’s son Everett, a first edition of Raleigh’s History of the World and a pair of highly decorative 1590s gloves associated with Queen Elizabeth I’s favourite.

I think Lady Clinton may have been asking me about my pearl earring.
Photo: Lizzie Mee

‘It was a hugely successful and joyous occasion,’ said Fairlynch Chairman Trevor Waddington. ‘The Lord Lieutenant was highly impressed with the exhibition and with the whole museum.’

Fine weather contributed to the success of the opening event attended by 150 invited guests. They were offered a Raleigh 400 ale specially created by Dartmoor-based Black Tor Brewery, and generously donated for the event by brewer and Budleigh resident Jonathon Crump   
Photo: Lizzie Mee


There was also entertainment from the locally-based Tudor Dance Group  Photo: Lizzie Mee

Period recorder music was provided by the Pinwood Players. Photo: Lizzie Mee

Rosemary Griggs with Sue Minter, Heritage Lottery Fund Committee Member for the South West. 

Fairlynch Museum has received an HLF grant in exchange for undertaking an ambitious educational programme so that children from local schools can learn about the Millais 'Boyhood' painting and Sir Walter Raleigh's place in history. 

The afternoon event was the tableau re-enacting Millais’ creation of The Boyhood of Raleigh.  Photo by Rob Coombe, Lyme Bay Photography 



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