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Brixham Heritage Museum and History Society -- located in Brixham, Devon, U.K., an historic town and fishing port. The site provides information about our collections, news about our activities and a selection of historical information relating to our town and its people. Displays include:
Brixham in world history , Berry Head Napoleonic forts
Rev. Henry Francis Lyte, author of 'Abide With Me', trawling ,maritime trades
unusual items brought up by Brixham trawlers ,Mayflower II , smuggling , the lifeboat and Brixham regatta.
Plymouth Naval Base Museum -- In the late 1960`s a small museum was opened in Devonport Royal Dockyard.
This constituted the third attempt to assemble naval memorabilia and historic artifacts in Devonport.
Previous collections had been destroyed either in the Great Fire of 1840 or in the bombings of the Second World War.
A large collection of artifacts came from the Royal William Victualling Yard when it closed in 1992.
This ,together with the remains of the original dockyard museum,is now housed in the 19th century Police and Cashier`s Office and the Old Fire Station in the historic South Yard of the Naval Base.
This is the home of the developing Plymouth Naval Base Museum.
To celebrate the history and achievements of the Royal Navy Field Gun competition,this exhibit is housed in the Tarred Yarn stores of the 18th century Ropery.
Based on the original Field Gun competition equipment and important archive material,the exhibit aims to keep the great spirit of the Field Gun competition alive.
The Figurehead Gallery houses some unique carvings from the past.
FigureHeads were used on the Royal Navy's ships until the advent of steel hulls when ships crests took over.
Recently moved from his position near No1 slip "King Billy" is now protected undercover within the gallery.
He has been replaced near No1 slip by an exact copy,thereby continuing to be a familiar site to all entering the River Tamar.
Crownhill Fort, Plymouth -- The Fort at Crownhill is the best preserved of Lord Palmerston’s Ring of Fire which surrounded Plymouth in Victorian times, protecting the Royal Dockyard at Devonport from French attack and bombardment. Crownhill represented the cutting edge of fortress design during that period. However, Crownhill’s guns were never put to the ultimate test, for advances in artillery soon overtook it, and fortresses became obsolete. Unlike many of the mid Victorian forts in Plymouth and elsewhere, Crownhill was retained by the army for over a century, and therefore has not suffered any irreversible alterations.
The Landmark Trust acquired Crownhill Fort in 1987, and sympathetically restored it to its original state before opening the gates to the public. The role The Fort plays today is an important one to many people in Plymouth – we offer a full wedding package, school tours, group visits, open days, and much of our space is let to small businesses as offices or storage.
Morwellham Quay Open Air Museum -- An award-winning, evocative museum and visitor centre in the heart of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape. In July 2006, UNESCO (the cultural arm of the United Nations) awarded World Heritage Site status to the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape area. Morwellham is strategically sited at the centre of the Tamar Valley Mining District which, together with nearby Tavistock, forms the easternmost gateway area to the rest of the World Heritage Site.
Just four miles west of Tavistock the historic port, mine workings and Estate, border the beautiful River Tamar. Amidst towering cliffs and gently rolling farmland, a lost world lives again.
Costumed staff welcome visitors to the restored port and help to transport you back to the bustling 1860s when heaps of gleaming copper ore filled the quays and a forest of ships' masts lined the river. All human life is here as you explore the assay office, step inside the over-crowded miners' cottages and stroll along original quaysides and docks.