Stepping back in time at Allhallows Museum in Honiton

PUBLISHED: 07:00 23 March 2019 | UPDATED: 09:16 25 March 2019

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Ref ehr night at the museum-16.

Alex Walton

For those looking for a family day out, they need look no further than what is on offer in East Devon.

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Allhallows Museum, in Honiton, is a popular place to visit, with a wealth of information about the heritage of the area.

It can be found right in the heart of the town and contains one of the most comprehensive collections of Honiton Lace in the world.

The museum is housed in the oldest in Honiton, started its life as a chapel and documents show that it existed before 1327. The chapel was partly demolished to make room for the building of St Paul’s Church.

Since then it has been a schoolroom for Allhallows Grammar School, a chapel again, as a memorial to ex-pupils who died in the South African Boer War and it became an ARP first aid post throughout the World War Two.

Honiton Museum. Picture: Terry IfeHoniton Museum. Picture: Terry Ife

After that, the building was placed in the hands of Trustees who opened it to the public as a Allhallows Museum in November 1946.

The tradition of Honiton Lace dates back centuries and the museum has examples that date back to the 17th century, right up to modern examples from the early 21st century.

Volunteers also demonstrate the craft during the summer months and keen youngsters, aged eight to 18, can also learn the skills of lacemaking with classes offered on Saturdays, during term time.

The museum also features displays of Honiton Pottery, war memorabilia, coins and trade tokens, children’s toys and items from the Borough of Honiton and Allhallows School.

This building is part of which building? Picture: Terry IfeThis building is part of which building? Picture: Terry Ife

It offers a lot to interest children, with quizzes, puzzles and books and there is an opportunity for everyone to try lace making.

Allhallows Museum was awarded Full Accreditation by Arts Council England in 2014, which officially recognises that it meets nationally agreed standards for all museums in the UK, following guidelines on how it is run, how it looks after its collections and the service it provides to its visitors.

The museum is due to open for the season on March 18 and is open each week until October 31. Visit its website for opening times.

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