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Ilfracombe Museum
Wilder Road

EX34 8AF
Telephone: 01271 863 541

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Overview of collections

Ilfracombe Museum serves as a local history museum and archive for Ilfracombe, its immediate area and Lundy Island.

Overview of how collections are displayed

This is an eclectic display which not only features the local history of Ilfracombe, but displays a wide range of objects from much further afield. Approximately 85-90% of the 8,000 objects in the collection are on display.

Star Objects at this location

Two-headed kitten; cupboard of bats in jars; ship to shore radio.
Collection Descriptions
Agriculture Collection (Ilfracombe Museum)
This collection mainly comprises hand tools.
Archaeology Collection (Ilfracombe Museum)
This small collection includes local and non-local palaeolithic, mesolithic and neolithic worked flints; material fro...
Archives Collection (Ilfracombe Museum)
This is books and documents and a collection of bound copies of Ilfracombe newspapers c.1870-1953.
Arms & Armour Collection (Ilfracombe Museum)
This small collection comprises militaria from the Civil War to the Second World War including firearms and edged wea...
Biology Collection (Ilfracombe Museum)
There are mounted British and non-British reptiles; birds; mammals including game heads; an important collection of B...
Costume & Textile Collection (Ilfracombe Museum)
Decorative & applied Art Collection (Ilfracombe Museum)
Ethnography Collection (Ilfracombe Museum)
There is material from South America; Africa; Australasia; and Asia (the Palmer collection).
Fine Art Collection (Ilfracombe Museum)
There are painting, engravings and other pictures of local interest.
Geology Collection (Ilfracombe Museum)
This comprises minerals and fossils found locally, plus other British and non-British material.
Maritime Collection (Ilfracombe Museum)
This material includes ships models, particularly the Cutty Sark.
Medals Collection (Ilfracombe Museum)
Medicine Collection (Ilfracombe Museum)
Numismatics Collection (Ilfracombe Museum)
Oral History Collection (Ilfracombe Museum)
Personalia Collection (Ilfracombe Museum)
Photographic Collection (Ilfracombe Museum)
There are photographs of local interest.
Science & Industry Collection (Ilfracombe Museum)
There are a few items of scientific equipment and some surveying instruments.
Social History Collection (Ilfracombe Museum)
This collection comprises clocks and watches; cobblers, printer's and other craftmen's tools and equipment; and domes...

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