New for Summer 2011
The British Surfing Museum is set to open its doors to the public in just a few short months time, making it the UK’s first ever surfing museum. The surf museum promises to be a great local attraction which will be enjoyed by kids and adults alike on family day trips.
Pencilled in for Summer 2011, the British Surfing Museum is a national registered charity, part funded by North Devon Council and project funding and development company Leader 4, on a mission to celebrate and preserve the rich surfing heritage of the UK.
About the Surfing Museum
The UK surfing museum was founded by Peter Robinson who has spent the last decade putting together an impressive collection of surfboards and other surfing memorabilia. He has also carried out a wide range of research, looking at the the history of surfing throughout the UK. The current collection spans more than two centuries and contains nearly 200 different surfboards, including vintage and original surfboards, as well as more modern designs of surfboards. Many of the key items having been donated by British surfers keen to help preserve the nations surfing heritage.
Previously a touring exhibition, it’s great that the extensive collection finally has a permanent home.
Where is the British Surfing Museum?
The British Surfing Museum can be found located in the village of Braunton, North Devon, the museum is 5 miles west of Barnstaple and within close proximity of the popular surfing beaches of Croyde, Woolacombe and Saunton.
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As well as the surf museum, the building will also contain a skate bowl and is set to become a focal point for the local youth community. The site, known as The Yard, currently houses a youth centre and the addition of the surfing museum is intended to improve local facilities, as well as offer new opportunities for young people.
The Chairman of Leader 4, Viv Gale stated: “We’re enthusiastic in our support for the Museum of British Surfing being established in North Devon. Past evidence from the Leader programme showed the great economic and social benefit surfing brings to northern Devon. We see the museum as an innovative extension of this benefit and look forward to it becoming a significant tourist attraction.”