News from Crediton Area History & Museum Society

CAHMS News-sheet No. 50

Photograph of a model of Crediton town

This model (created by Jack Whitfield in 1980) is on permanent display in the museum and depicts the High Street as it was in the 18th Century, with the market buildings in the middle of the street. The buildings were copied from the images shown on the map of 1743 (just before the Great Fire in August of that year).

It’s April already and we have the summer ahead of us. Thankfully the winter weather was nowhere near as bad as last year. We were all shocked and saddened to hear that John Jones passed away earlier this month. We send Annette our best wishes.

The Museum is about to reopen for the 2012 season. This year our exhibition is called Crediton Treasures and will feature the model of the town that was created by Jack Whitfield of Black Dog in 1980, finds from archaeological excavations made in the last 30 years and, in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, royal photographs and memorabilia. After the Flower Festival in early June we may be able to borrow some of the ‘treasures’ from the Governors’ Room at the church, but this is not confirmed yet.

The Museum will open on Wednesday 18th April, opening times as last year: 10-4pm Monday to Friday and 10-1pm on Saturdays. We hope you will come and visit the exhibitions.

If you would like to join our team of volunteer stewards you would be very welcome. We work a 3 hour shift from 10am or 1pm and you can pick a day when you’re free. Adele Cox organises the stewarding rota and would pleased to explain what is needed.

Sandra Cooper

Chairman’s Comments

This winter the weather has been kinder to us so attendances at our meetings has been very good, especially the February meeting. The Society has been in existence since 1984 and in the intervening period the subjects covered have been many and varied. However there comes a time when some of the subjects covered years ago, many of a local nature, should be included in a further indoor programme. This will also help our members who may be new to the area and will give them an insight into our long local history. Please let us know if there is any subject you would like us to cover. 

April also sees the re-opening of the Museum for the 2012 season. If you can spare a few hours please add your name to the stewarding rota.

Downes, ancestral home of General Sir Redvers Buller VC, is open every Monday and Tuesday for guided tours at 2.15pm and 3.30pm until 10th July. The final openings this year are on Monday and Tuesday 27th and 28th August,

Many of the Guides are members of the History Society so, if you haven’t visited Downes yet, make 2012 the year of your visit.

Finally may I thank everyone who has helped and supported our recent book signing sessions and coffee mornings. The funds raised go towards the running of the Museum.

Dates for your Diary

16th April
18th April
19th April
23rd April
27th April
1st May
14th May
25th May
28th May
14th June
25th June
23rd July
27th October

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Any articles or news items relating to Crediton and the surrounding area would be welcomed by the Editor. The deadline for the next news-sheet is 20 July. Please contact us if you would like to contribute.