Project information

'Raleigh 400' Exhibition.

To celebrate the life of local hero Sir Walter Raleigh who died in 1618. The centre-piece of the exhibition will be the famous painting 'The Boyhood of Raleigh' by Sir John Everett Millais.

January 2018 - December 2019

Charity information: The Budleigh Salterton Arts Centre and Museum

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  • Need


    To qualify for the loan of the painting from Tate Britain the museum needs to comply with UK Registrars Group Standards; museum security needs upgrading, environmental conditioning needs improving, specialist couriers need to be used, insurance cover needs to be provided, invigilation needs to be funded. The estimate of cost for this is £12,000.


    If £12,000 can be raised the upgrade of museum security and improvement in environmental conditioning will be a lasting legacy and will make the loan of items from National Museums in the future less costly.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To raise £12,000


    » Invite the general public and Friends of the Museum to donate via The Big Give website
    » Hold a fundraising charity auction dinner
    » Invite sponsorship from local businesses and national companies

    What success will look like

    By enabling the loan of the painting 'The Boyhood of Raleigh' from Tate Britain in May 2018

  • Impact


    By upgrading museum security; both physical and alarm system, and installing CCTV monitoring.

    By improving environmental conditioning in the museum exhibition room by the installation of a plumbed-in dehumidifier.

    These improvements will be a lasting legacy.


    If the £12,000 target is not reached museum investment funds will need to fill the necessary shortfall.


    The 'Raleigh 400' Exhibition from 28 May to 31 August 2018 will be widely advertised.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £12,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,000 Courier Transport from London to Budleigh Salterton
      £3,500 Security Alarm system upgrade. CCTV monitor installation
      £2,500 Invigilation Payment of invigilators
      £1,500 Conditioning Installation of dehumidifier
      £500 Insurance Cover 1% value under GIS Scheme

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Budleigh Salterton Town Council £1,000 Guaranteed
    Friends of Fairlynch £3,750 Guaranteed
    Budleigh Salterton Lions Club £250 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Budleigh Salterton Arts Centre and Museum (Fairlynch Museum) EX9 6NP

    An early 19th Century Grade 2 Listed thatched house in the 'marine cottage orne' style. The building is owned by the Charity and has been a museum since 1967.

    The 'Raleigh 400' Exhibition will be held on the upper floor of the building.


    All visitors to the museum will be able to enjoy seeing the iconic painting 'The Boyhood of Raleigh'. The exhibition will also educate visitors about the life of local hero Sir Walter Raleigh and also about Sir John Everett Millais and the 19th Century Pre-Raphaelite art movement.
    Visits by local schoolchildren are planned.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    'The Boyhood of Raleigh' painting was conceived by Millais when he visited Budleigh Salterton in 1870.
    He is reputed to have stayed in the house next to the museum. Tradition has it that local children and a fisherman were used as models. Budleigh Salterton considers it to be 'our painting'!

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Trevor Waddington

    Chairman of Trustees

    Michael Downes

    Trustee and publicity officer

    Martyn Brown

    Trustee, former museum professional, and amateur artist