Braunton and District Museum
Mon - Sat: 10.00-16.00 from Whitsun to October, Mon - Fri : 10.00-15.00, Sat 10.00-14.00 October to Whitsun, Sun: Closed
Tel. 01271 816 688
Postcode EX33 1AA
Braunton Museum was specially converted from a former bakehouse and two cottages. It houses an number of collections with accompanying books and other media charting Braunton's heritage.
Collections reflect the early beginnings of Braunton with particular reference to the Braunton Great Field, one of only two remaining working examples of Saxon strip farming in England.
Braunton's Maritime heritage is also on display, based on the thriving port of Vellator, which is just 2 minutes drive or 10 minutes walk from the village centre. This section features scale models of many of the Braunton vessels hand made by local mariner Sam Mitchell who used to be one of Braunton's 'bar men' who sailed out over the treacherous Barnstaple Bar. Braunton Railway: Small display of artifacts and photographs, fact sheets are available for sale please ask at desk.
Recently the Parish Council have sited a series of information and display boards around the village which tell the story of the railway, before Mr Beeching wielded his axe in the 1970's. Military History: Spanning the two world conflicts and Braunton's important role in training the Americans for the D-Day Landings . The training that took place on the "Burrows" was instrumental in the winning of the Second World war. A recent project (2009/10) funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund involved the local community as well as Braunton School and Community College in an effort to make the history known to all. Medals and memorabilia from both World Wars are also on display.
Associated books are available in the museum shop.