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Allhallows Museum, Honiton, Devon

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www.honitonmuseum.co.uk

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.

Not those sorts of laces...

Not those sorts of laces…

or those...

or those…

There we go!

There we go!

 The entrance hall is overflowing with prehistoric material from the area including a fossilised Hippo head, a range of other awesome fossils

Let's face it, all fossils are awesome.

Let’s face it, all fossils are awesome.

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.

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