When I tell people there’s a museum in Honiton, they stare at me blankly. But I promise you there is one. It’s run entirely by the good nature of volunteers and is set in what I think used to be a chapel next to St. Paul’s Church. Like TEHM, it specialises largely in the history or Honiton and it’s overflowing with stuff. Honiton is particularly famous for lace-making and as a Museum info video will tell you people travel from all over the world to visit it, so perhaps the reason most people I know haven’t heard of it is because most people I know don’t have much of an interest in laces.
The entrance hall is overflowing with prehistoric material from the area including a fossilised Hippo head, a range of other awesome fossils
and some Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Age stone tools, metalwork and pottery. Honiton is also famous for post-medieval pottery-making and a display case towards the back displays all a range of examples from a more industrious era of the town’s history.
Another room is dedicated to a commemoration of Honiton’s involvement in the wars of the last century and its history of lace making. The final room of the museum is entirely dedicated to lace. I can’t even imagine the skill required to produce lace of the intricacy displayed in this museum, and even if you, like me, have no real interest in lace I highly recommend having a look if you’re ever in Honiton.