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A Family Field Trip to Brixham

As you might have heard, back in September we were joint winners of the Family Friendly Museum Award 2013, along with Brixham Heritage Museum. Of course, someone had to pay visit to our fellow winner and see all their fantastic work (and perhaps even bring back a few ideas for the Horniman).
Amy from Exhibitions set off on a family fieldtrip and has sent us her report.

I recently paid Brixham a visit with my husband Jamie and son John. We got there quite late in the afternoon, and they kindly allowed us to come in for free (even though the entry fee is a very reasonable £2).

The building itself is very interesting: the museum is housed in the town's old police station and some of the exhibits are in the former police cells.

  • Historical Displays at Brixham Heritage Museum, Photo by Amy Welsh
    , Photo by Amy Welsh

The museum shows the heritage of the village of Brixham, from prehistory to the modern day. It features many stories from its maritime past, particularly during the Second World War.

  • Engaging children with maritime history, Photo by Amy Welsh
    , Photo by Amy Welsh

We learned that there is a cave under the town, which can't be visited any more but sounds fascinating. The museum even had some prehistoric animal teeth found in the Brixham caves!

We can definitely see why Brixham are joint winners of the award. The volunteers working there are very friendly, armed with rucksack quizzes for older children and a display of toys, including a train which John absolutely loved.

  • Toy Trains at Brixham, Photo by Amy Welsh
    , Photo by Amy Welsh

  • Older Toys on Display at Brixham, Photo by Amy Welsh
    , Photo by Amy Welsh

They make lots of effort to engage young children, including providing colouring-in sheets, a dressing up box and a place for kids to do their own archaeological dig.

  • Making discoveries at an archaeological dig, Photo by Amy Welsh
    , Photo by Amy Welsh

  • Dress up to discover History at Brixham, Photo by Amy Welsh
    , Photo by Amy Welsh

As we were leaving, John was given a free badge so he could remember his visit. We all loved our day out, and the staff at Brixham were really friendly, sweet and welcoming to our family.

Congratulations to Brixham on their win! It sounds like it was well-deserved.