Time is running out to take a look at the New Axminster Heritage Centre before it closes for the winter at the end of next month. The first phase in Thomas Whitty House opened earlier this year and after a successful first summer season the next stage of development will now begin. Detailed plans are being drawn up to continue building a new, modern ‘interactive’ attraction to appeal to visitors of all ages including educational and research facilities.
Right now, in addition to the exhibition telling the story of Axminster, a moving exhibit commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. Six men from Axminster and many more from nearby villages were killed and, for many people, the Somme symbolised the horrors of warfare in World War One. This one battle had a marked effect on overall casualty figures and seemed to epitomise the futility of trench warfare. Sue Tims has specifically created this temporary exhibition for the centre using research and materials assembled by her father. ... See MoreSee Less