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Congratulations Viv!


viv run 001


In January 2015, we told you about Viv Mifsud and about her plans to run a double marathon in order to raise money for the museum. We are now happy to report that Viv has successfully completed both her marathons. She crossed the finishing line of the London marathon with a time of four hours and forty four minutes, having completed the Malta marathon barely a month before.


viv medal 001


She has raised over £2000 for the museum. Thank you Viv!

A double marathon to support the Musem


Vivien Mifsud



My name is Vivien Mifsud and I am a local runner. I have also been a volunteer at Brixham Museum for many years.

Brixham Museum lives on tenterhooks each year, wondering if it will receive its modest grant from Torbay Council. As this grant steadily diminishes, the Museum will find it increasingly difficult to survive, relying almost totally on its volunteers.

I want to help the Museum and have committed to running not just the Malta Marathon in February but also the London Marathon in April. I have never run two marathons in a year before, let alone within 7 weeks of each other!

Please give me the boost I need by sponsoring me. As I am a former Abbey National (Santander) member of staff, I can get match funding which will double any donations I receive.

Please help me to keep this unique and special place where it belongs – in Brixham for Brixham people.

Here are just a few of the comments written in the Museum’s Visitors’ Book over the last Summer:

  • Passionate people who make it enjoyable (Northampton)
  • Brilliant – could have spent all day here (U.S.A.)
  • Worth every penny (Bristol)
  • This is the way to keep the grandchildren happy (Bristol)
  • Fabulous – friendly staff, even entertained my 11 and 12 year olds (Bristol)
  • A super morning’s fun – a veritable ‘Tardis’
  • So much to see in a small space – wonderful displays of the history of Brixham (Basingstoke)
  • Fantastic place – all age groups would enjoy this Museum (Minehead)
  • Fantastic visit – found family history from 1881. Great value for money (Warwickshire)
  • A very interesting little Museum – do not close such an important facility (Hertford)
  • Very informative and enjoyable – a ‘must see’ on Brixham history (Norwich)
  • Great to see my great-grandfather’s photo and information on the 1914-1918 display. Thank you.

Please support the museum by sponsoring Viv. We have sponsorship forms at the museum. Donations should be made payable to the museum.

Musical Evening at Lupton House

On the evening of Friday 10th October supporters of Brixham Heritage Museum organised a fund-raising event, where they were treated to a wonderful musical evening in the magnificent, acoustic ballroom of Lupton House. The music ranged from classical to World War I patriotic songs and even skiffle. Donna-Marie Hughes performed some exceptional solos, demonstrating why she is universally in demand. The evening was further enhanced by the “in house” catering of Darren Drummond and his team.

Grateful thanks are given to all who performed and to those who attended. As our President, Mr Vernon Duker, pointed out, in the present state of the local economy whereby our financial support might be lost, such fundraising events become more and more essential.

Quay Market Sale




At our recent Quay Market we are pleased to say that we made over £400 on a relatively sunny day. Edgar Lawrance attended with his pipe organ and encouraged the customers.




Victorian Christmas Fayre



On Saturday, 1st December, Brixham Heritage Museum held a Victorian Christmas Fayre. Visitors were attracted by snow, a pipe organ operated by Mr Edgar Lawrance and a group of local singers.



It was a very successful day, opened by Mr Nick Bye who has always been a faithful supporter of our Museum. During the morning, two of the three winners of the Cave Painting competition (run during the Summer) were awarded their prizes; then in the afternoon the Chairman of Brixham Council, Cllr Brian Harland and his wife, May, drew the tickets for the Grand Draw. The £50 cash First Prize was won by Mr Parsons, the second prize of Thorntons’ Chocolates was won by Mr and Mrs J Richardson, and the third prize of a Christmas hamper was won by Mr and Mrs J Lambourne. A chocolate cake was won in a raffle by Mrs S Rossi and Mr I Cubitt won £30 in a Pound Coin Draw.



We would like to thank all the many volunteers who worked so hard throughout the day and also those who helped to set it all up beforehand, and of course dismantle it afterwards.



Our profit from the day will go towards continuing the work of the Brixham Museum to preserve our local heritage.

Lesley Smith


Easter Fair




Image of Easter Fair


The Fair was somewhat hampered by unfavourable weather, but it didn’t deter us and it brought some degree of financial reward.  The visitors who braved the rain seemed to enjoy themselves.  Thank you to those who gave up their time to help, and to the visitors for their support.


Image of Easter Fair



A Marathon Run for the Museum

Mrs Vivien Mifsud successfully ran the London Marathon in her target time of 4 hours 40 minutes. Her start point was “Good for Age”. This special status demanded a special response and she was determined to raise as much as she could for two Brixham charities – both struggling to survive in this dire financial climate – namely, Brixham Heritage Museum and Brixham Swimming Pool.


Vivien Mifsud


Congratulations Vivien!  – from your friends at Brixham Museum.

Victorian Christmas Fayre

On Saturday, Dec 3rd, we held our Victorian Christmas Fayre, opened by the Brixham Town Council Chairman, Councillor Martyn Hodge. A Grand Tombola greeted people entering the Museum through a localised snow-fall (artificially induced of course); the tombola was well supplied by donations from local traders.

Christmas Fayre 2011

Within the Maritime Room, we had stalls selling local crafts and baked goods; upstairs in Babs’ Café, there were mince pies and drinks available.

During the morning, we awarded the prizes to the children who had entered the “Name the Bear” competition. The winning name was “Roaring Lola” submitted by Victoria Owen (age 9) who received a voucher from “Taylor-made Bears” to create her own “Roaring Lola”. The second-prize-winner was Evie Stockman, who received a cuddly bear.

Prizewinners at the Christmas Fayre

At 3pm the Torbay Council Chairman, Mr Derek Mills, and Mrs Judith Mills, drew the winning tickets for our Grand Draw which resulted in Mr S Soper winning the 1st prize (£50 cash), Mrs Linley-Shaw winning the 2nd prize (a food hamper) and Mrs Piper the 3rd prize (a Thorntons chocolate selection – donated by Thorntons of Brixham). All winners are members of the Museum History Society.

The final result was very rewarding, producing over £200 more than last year, so we gratefully thank all our helpers, donors and customers for their generous support and efforts.