Brixham Heritage Museum recently reopened with a new exhibition featuring true stories about the port’s smugglers.
Details about the smuggling operations have been uncovered by museum researchers during the winter.
The tales revealed range from well-armed smugglers, who fired a broadside at a customs cutter, to a smuggler hiding lace inside the carcass of a turkey, and many more.
The adjacent children’s area has been refurbished and now gives ready access to period clothing for dressing up.
Displays on toys from the early post-war years and schooling in Brixham, including a real cane, have been relocated to this area.
Entry to the award-winning museum, which is open from Tuesdays to Saturdays, is free again this year thanks to the
support of a team of volunteers.
Visitor numbers trebled last year following the introduction of free entry and more volunteers are needed to greet and assist them as well as to develop research facilities.
Original story by Ellen Grindly in Brixham News
Reproduced by kind permission of author/publisher