Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Future of Maritime Museum in Appledore secured

20:31 23 June 2013

Torridge agrees to a community transfer to hand museum building and car park over to museum trust.

TORRIDGE District Councillors has given the go-ahead to secure the future of the North Devon Maritime Museum in Appledore by transferring it to the trust that runs it.

It is the largest community asset transfer the council has carried out to date and follows a period of uncertainty for the museum as it was feared TDC would sell the building when the museum’s lease expired.

The North Devon Maritime Museum Trust submitted a community transfer application more than two years ago and this has been under review by the council’s member asset management working group.

“The aim of any community transfer is to make sure the community benefits in the long term and that the asset transferred is not a liability to them or the council,” said group chairman Councillor Gaye Tabor.

“The robust business plan submitted to us has been subject to a rigorous process of interrogation to ensure this will not be the case. We feel that we are happy to progress the transfer application and my very best wishes to the trust.”

Museum committee member Barry Hughes said the trust had been successfully running the North Devon Maritime Museum now for more than 35 years.

“We have great plans for the future which we could only fulfil if we owned the property and the car park, both of which are an important part of the Appledore Conservation Area and overlook the River Torridge and the historic Grade II listed Richmond Dry Dock, which has been such an important site in the maritime history of North Devon,” he said.

“For those people who have not yet visited the Museum, perhaps it’s time to now and find out more about your maritime heritage.”

Mark Horton, presenter of the TV programme Coast and Professor of Archaeology at Bristol University, visited the museum last week and said: “Appledore represents one of the most important bits of maritime heritage along the English coast line.

“The museum is a key part of all this because it tells that story and it’s in a very fine early 19th century building. It seems to me that there is such an opportunity here to help tell that story of Appledore and help regenerate this bit of North Devon.”

The museum is open Monday to Friday from 10.30am to 5pm and from 1.30-5pm on Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, visit


Other News Stories

Yesterday, 20:31
Bideford Hospital.

Union calls on county council debate to discuss funding for Devon’s rural hospitals

Read more
Yesterday, 14:43
The Coca Cola Christmas truck is heading to Barsntaple on Friday (Nov 27)

Holidays are coming as truck visits the Square on Friday (Nov 27)

Read more
Yesterday, 10:26

A39 collision between a car and a lorry sees road closed

Read more
Yesterday, 10:40
Crowds gather each year for Ilfracombe's Lighting of the Lights

Don’t miss festive switch-on this Wednesday evening at 7pm

Read more
Mon, 18:17

Fire service called on Monday afternoon to A399 blaze

Read more
Mon, 17:33

Recovery and emergency services on scene

Read more
Mon, 13:11
North Devon District Hospital.

Assaults up by a third on previous year, according to NHS England figures

Read more
Mon, 10:23

The fire service was called to Morans Thai Restaurant on Sunday evening

Read more
Sunday, November 22, 2015
Blake hit the big red button to turn on Barnstaple's Christmas lights. Pic: Elliot Anderton

Festive fun as town’s lights are switched on by BRIT award-winners

Read more
Sunday, November 22, 2015
This year's Relay for Life raised £17,000 for Cancer Research UK

Relay for Life 2016 is open for registration.

Read more

Christmas in North Devon

Christmas in North Devon

Christmas Magazine

Click here for your ultimate guide to
Christmas in North Devon

Local Weather



max temp: 10°C

min temp: 9°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Search for a job in Devon

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications