New project now launching!

To take part in the  new SET SAIL project, scroll down to see what has been added!

LILAC2020 – ‘Life in Lockdown’ Archive Collection – to be found towards the bottom of the page.

Born out of a need to work online during the closure of the Museum due to the Coronavirus pandemic 2020, SET SAIL is a chance to get involved with the museum in a digital way, in order to SET SAIL on a virtual voyage.

SET = Stay home, Engage, Together (Share, Entertain, Team up!)

SAIL = Story, Art/Artefacts, Info, Links (Surprise, Amaze, Inspire, Learn)

You can enjoy images and photos, read stories and poems, watch video clips, click on the links, find out more about our collections or have a go at one of the challenges.

And please do let us know what you have been enjoying about this new project. Please send your feedback to us by email at or find us on Facebook.

CM.2010. .V Two Sailing boats moored on Combe Martin Beach
CM.2010.1.V Fishing Boats in Combe Martin Harbour circa Early 1900’s

These two images from our photographic collections show boats under sail moored up on Combe Martin beach in the early 1900’s. But where were the boats going? Where were they coming from? What were they trading? Who was involved?


‘The Earl of Rone’ festivities take place every year in the village.

Find out more here: Hunting of the Earl of Rone


Washday Blues


Any ideas what these might be? Or how they were used? Or when?… maybe you have used them or seen them used sometime?

Find out more here: Washday Blues


Summer, Strawberries and Combe Martin

So, what do you think is going on here? Can you work out where this photo was taken from? – what’s the view like?

Find out more here: Summer, strawberries and CM


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Links to video clips


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Rockpool creatures quick quiz

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Marie Corelli – local writer, Victorian

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Beside the Seaside

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Collections come in all shapes and sizes


LILAC2020 a new digital collection for the future, created in 2020   

‘Life in Lockdown’ Archive Collection 2020


MARCH 2020

Dotty Rainbow, created by Jess, aged 15

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Originally posted on Facebook last year by Kingfisher Multimedia (thanks Neil) . . may be worth a look again to remind ourselves what a wonderful place Combe Martin really is!
Do have a play with the picture… and see the place in different ways in this world of the ‘new normal’…

APRIL 2020


Stunning sunsets over Combe Martin Bay.

The sun had come round just far enough to be over the headland in the West.


Missing the Sail Loft? – Here’s a couple of pics to remind you!


Hot Chicks, created by Jan Jones


Haven’t seen the ground floor gallery at the museum for a while? – perhaps you could have a look around this pic and see just how many people you can count? There are quite a few!


Poem, by local writer – Stunning Supermoon, April 2020

Stunning Supermoon


Rock On! Beach finds at Combe Martin, eroded from rocks on the path heading out towards Lester Point.


Poem, by local writer – Radiant glow, bright blue halo

Radiant glow


MAY 2020


Beautiful Borders, created by Margaret Coward


V.E. Day Celebrations

Friday 8th May 2020 marked 75 years on from the celebrations that took place across the UK to celebrate Victory in Europe Day towards the end of World War 2. With restrictions in place this year, people were not able to celebrate in the way they had planned, though some socially distanced celebrations did take place in streets and gardens up and down the country, as well as in Combe Martin itself. Commemorations were also held outside at churches, museums, town halls etc.


Short dittie:

VE Day bunting, Impromptu party in street, Pink gin in tea pot!

Wonderful Windows, created by Jan Jones


Earl of Rone festival


With celebrations much quieter this year, a few photos from the archive to remember this exciting weekend of festivities that takes place in the village every year at the end of May

Museum gallery display from back in 2010. Perhaps you remember it looking like this?



The Earl of Rone collage creation, as made in 2019 by local children using scrap material


Poem, by local writer – Woodland Walk

Woodland walk


‘Child in Lockdown’, created by Roisin, aged 10



Cliff top walk photos – do you know these views? Can you work out where they were taken from? Calm skies that day.


JUNE 2020

Nautical Novelties, to be used as fundraisers for the museum, created by Shirley and Colin Willoughby


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‘Art Through quarantine’ – video clip. Some classic art to think about during the restrictions of lockdown


World Oceans Day June 8th

Video clip with . . some of the reasons WHY we need to look after our oceans. Just click the link and relax into an underwater world…


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The world of work

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Sunset Sunday photos, 14th June 2020

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Volunteers keeping busy – Jan’s knitted sea creatures

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Linda’s ‘Lockdown Chicken’!

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A Story from the future? – video clip

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Veg patch