The son of founder Mervyn Grove Palmer joined Ilfracombe Museum staff and volunteers for its 85th anniversary celebrations

Stephen Grove Palmer, son of Ilfracombe Museum's founder, with mayor Paul Crabb and NDC leader Des Brailey plus archivist Edna Baker and town crier Roy Goodwin.Stephen Grove Palmer, son of Ilfracombe Museum's founder, with mayor Paul Crabb and NDC leader Des Brailey plus archivist Edna Baker and town crier Roy Goodwin.

Crowds, cake and candles were enjoyed on Tuesday to celebrate Ilfracombe museum's 85th birthday.

As well as both visitors and locals, the festivities were also attended by North Devon Council leader Des Brailey, Ilfracombe mayor Paul Crabb, town crier Roy Goodwin and long-time volunteer to the museum, archivist Edna Baker.

Ilfracombe museum was founded in 1932 by Mervyn Grove Palmer and is still a popular destination for many in the town today.

Earlier this year, its galleries underwent refurbishment and there are major proposals to modernise the museum including the possibility of another storey, a café and a new high-slope entrance.

A 3D graphic showing how the proposed new Ilfracombe Museum extension could look. Credit: Barrie Simons & AssociatesA 3D graphic showing how the proposed new Ilfracombe Museum extension could look. Credit: Barrie Simons & Associates

Mervyn's son, Stephen, was party to the celebration and even had the honour of cutting the birthday cake.

He said: "It's a proud day and my father would have been so thrilled that the museum he started is still in good health 85 years on."

Ilfracombe Museum is open every day 10am to 5pm.