Axminster exhibition charts history of East Devon farming

OVER 100 people attended the opening of a major farming exhibition, being held in Axminster.

OVER 100 people attended the opening of a major farming exhibition, being held in Axminster.Farming in East Devon, which includes around 700 photographs, documents and maps, was opened by Lord of the Manor Jim Rowe at Thomas Witty House, in Silver Street, last Saturday.Researcher Ken Gollop, who, along with Graham Davies, spent hundreds of hours researching the project, said: "This is by far the biggest historical agricultural event of its kind ever staged in the South West."The opening went very well and we had representatives from Axminster and the surrounding area."He is inviting people to add to the collection with old photos and memorabilia.The exhibition is part of an on-going research project, led by Lyme Regis Museum, into the history of farming of the local area. Its aim is to document farming heritage before vital records and buildings are lost forever.The exhibition is free (donations are welcome) and will run until June 28. It is open daily from 11pm to 4pm, except for Monday when it will be closed.A film, Down on the Farm, will be shown for free on Monday, June 8, at 7.30pm. The film is partly set in East Devon and includes archive footage.

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