| Pete Robinson|
+44 1271 815155
| 6 April 2012|
| Braunton, Devon, England|
The Yard, Caen St, Braunton EX33 1AA, UK
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Museum of British Surfing Wikipedia
The Museum of British Surfing, in Braunton in the English county of Devon, contains exhibits relating to the history of surfing in the United Kingdom.
The collection originally started as a travelling exhibition by a group of friends and still maintains a mobile display which travels to surfing spots around the country. An oral history project, The First Wave, which aimed to collect the memories of early British surfers received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The permanent site in Braunton opened in 2012 in the old goods shed of the old Braunton Railway Station on the Ilfracombe Branch Line. Several grants have been obtained from local councils and charitable trusts to develop "The Yard" (the building which hosts the museum) and the surrounding area including the management of a local skatepark. It was awarded the Collections Trust award for "collections on a budget" as a result of the museums commitment to achieving carbon neutral status.
The founder Pete Robinson, who donated his collection of surfboards and surfing memorabilia to start the museum, left the project in 2015. The collection now includes over 200 different designs and shapes of surfboards, many elaborately decorated. Some of the earliest board, known as coffin lids, were made by a local undertaker and used in the 1920s and 1930s. There are also videos and photographs including on of Devonian Agatha Christie with a surfboard in Waikiki. There is also a photograph of King Edward VIII when he was Prince of Wales, also surfing at Waikiki, illustrating the aristocratic nature of the sport in the first half of the 20th century.