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An endless source of fascination for those interested in history, are our local museums. Devon has rich history and an excellent way to access this is by visiting one of our many great museums across the county. Our Aug/Sept16 magazine features an array of artefacts from museums at Sidmouth, Topsham, Exeter, Seaton and Dartmouth.
Image left – ‘Gurgle Jugs’ at Dartmouth Museum
Once the iconic flagship product of Dartmouth Pottery – sadly now closed. In 1958 the Mayor of Dartmouth presented HRH Prince Philip with a pair of Gurgle jugs, one marked E II R and the other PP.
Image centre – ‘Shep en-Mut’ (RAMM) – Around 2,650-3,020 years old.
The ancient Egyptian mummy, coffin and cartonnage of Shep en-Mut were donated to RAMM in 1897. The decoration and inscriptions show she was a married woman, and the daughter of NesAmenempit who was a ‘carrier of the milk-jar’ in a temple in Thebes.
Image right (top) – ‘Rugby cap’ Axe Vale Heritage Association
Awarded to fisherman Harry Snell who played for Seaton Rugby Club and was capped for Devon 1911-1912. Harry was also an England reserve in the same year.
Image right (bottom) – ‘The Duchess of Devonshire’s Telegraph’ at Sidmouth Museum
In August 1934 the pleasure steamer, the Duchess of York, foundered on Sidmouth beach. The ship’s telegraph was salvaged. Such an instrument was on both the bridge and in the engine room and the position of the lever allowed communication with respect to the captain’s orders.
Below – Noah’s Ark Ride at Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre
Noah’s Ark ride made in Burton upon Trent by Orton & Spooner in 1934. After the war, the ride was rebuilt and this Chariot Racer scene painted, which was inspired by the film Ben Hur.