Maritime Museum given £30k refurbishment

North Devon Maritime Museum’s volunteers outside the newly refurbished building.

North Devon Maritime Museum’s volunteers outside the newly refurbished building. - Credit: Archant

Torridge District Council funded the 10-week project on the North Devon Maritime Museum in Appledore.

NORTH Devon Maritime Museum reopened its doors last weekend with a fresh new look thanks to a £30,000 refurbishment.

The 10 week project on Odun House in Appledore was funded by Torridge District Council as part of an ongoing maintenance programme for all council buildings.

The refurbishment was completed just in time for the museum’s volunteers to celebrate their annual pre-season party.

Barry Hughes, museum committee member, said: “The museum is an important part of our maritime heritage and it’s good to see that the exterior of the building, in which it is housed, now reflects that importance.”

Odun House was built in 1830, and has been used by the North Devon Maritime Trust since 1977.

It was named after Odun, the Earl of Wessex, who defeated the Vikings in 878 AD.

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The museum attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world and has won many accolades including National Heritage Museum of the Year Award for achieving excellent results with limited resources in 1994.

It also won the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award for unsung heroes in recognition of the contribution made by volunteers in 2004.

Jenny Wallace, head of paid services at Torridge District Council said: “The North Devon Maritime Museum has a wonderful history with a large number of passionate and dedicated volunteers to keep it going.

“We’re very pleased to have been able to commission these works with local contractors Pearce Construction, who also did some restoration work on the Victorian School opposite the museum.”

The museum re-opened its doors to the public on March 30 and is open every afternoon this month from 1.30 to 5pm.

From May 1 the museum will be open from 10.30am to 5pm.

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