Now we are 10, and 1! Surfing museum celebrates anniversaries

added to the website on Apr 06, 2013

Today is the first anniversary of the award-winning Museum of British Surfing opening in its new permanent home in Braunton, North Devon – and it’s also 10 years ago that we began work on our first public exhibitions around the UK!

To celebrate, this weekend (April 6th & 7th 2013) all visitors will receive a free car sticker & postcard. Then next Sunday April 14th we’re having a special ‘Locals Go Free’ day for anyone living in EX33, EX34, EX31 and EX39 postcodes – simply bring along printed & current identification showing your name and full postal address! We’re open from 11am to 5pm at the moment, with suggested last visit at 4.15pm.

The Museum of British Surfing is a registered charity and opened in North Devon for the first time on April 6th 2012. It originally started out as a mobile museum touring UK venues in 2003, with founder Peter Robinson beginning the historical research and building the collection in 1997.

“It has been an amazing journey that has led us to where we are now,” said Pete, a former ITV News reporter. “It would not have been possible without the support of my wife Bianca, my family and many friends here and around the world. A big thank you to everyone who has helped over the last 16 years – especially all of charity’s trustees past and present, in particular Richard Gregory who has been with me since the start.”

“To be part of a network of respected surfing historians & authors worldwide is a true honour, and the work that has been shared by everyone to uncover so many fantastic British surfing stories from the past 235 years is nothing short of incredible. There are too many to list here individually, but my dear friends Sandy Hall and Tom Pohaku Stone in Hawaii deserve special mentions for their massive contributions over the years.”

It is the first & only dedicated museum celebrating surfing history in Europe. Among the many important historical discoveries made by the museum’s team in the past decade is earliest known surfing in Britain, which took place in 1890 when two Hawaiian princes & their English guardian rode waves at Bridlington on the East Yorkshire coast.

We currently have a major new exhibition for you to see, looking at the decade when modern surfing culture first arrived on the UK’s beaches in the 1960s.

Exactly 50 years after the Britain’s first surf shop opened its doors, ‘Sixties SURFER!’ taps into the source of this new wave of surfers, and the enduring footsteps they left in the sand for generations of dedicated wave-riders to follow.

‘Sixties SURFER!’ is the biggest display of original British surfboards and memorabilia from the 1960s ever seen in the UK, and samples the films, photography, music and fashions of this groundbreaking decade that changed the face of British surfing forever.

The exhibition has been made possible by sponsorship from businesses across Devon and Cornwall including 1960s wetsuit pioneer Gul, Wavelength surfing magazine, Finisterre clothing, Skinners Brewery, The Thatch pub, Marsdens Cottage Holidays, Parkin Estates and The Red Barn.

Alongside the new exhibition, there are sections on early UK surfing history, North Devon surfing and the environment and fun children’s activities.

The Museum of British Surfing received grants towards its design & build from Leader 4 Torridge & North Devon, North Devon Council, North Devon Coast Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Devon County Council – and received support from Braunton Parish Council.

The official opening in April 2012 was performed by two of the highest profile British surfers on the international circuit, longboard champion Ben Skinner and big wave expert Andrew Cotton.

During its time touring the UK with its mobile surfing museum it has run major surf heritage exhibitions in Newquay, St Ives, the Eden Project, Chapel Porth, London, Aberdeen, Brighton, Coventry, Grimsby, Thurso, Havant, Christchurch, Marton, Woodhorn and Whitby. It was founded in 2003 with a grant from the family of the late Viscount Ted Deerhurst, who became Britain’s first professional surfer in 1978.



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