Salcombe Maritime Museum

 A veritable treasure trove of Salcombe’s maritime past…  

    Support Us

    Salcombe Maritime Museum is an independent charity and an Arts Council (England) accredited museum. We rely on donations, membership subscriptions and shop revenue to enable us to continue to collect, preserve and share the maritime history of Salcombe and the South Hams coast. We also rely on our team of volunteers to keep the museum open and welcome visitors, deal with enquiries and organise events, as well as to protect and document our large collection of objects, photographs and documents.



    There are many ways that you can join in and support the Museum. Even if you have just a few hours that you can commit to us several times each year we would like to hear from you. Perhaps you could help by:

    • volunteering as a steward in the museum
    • assisting the Curator in cataloguing and archiving the collection
    • designing and arranging displays in the galleries
    • helping with publicity and fundraising.

    Our stewards supervise the Museum during opening hours throughout the April-October season. A ‘shift’ lasts for two hours and most stewards commit to between two and four shifts a month. What they have in common is an enthusiastic interest in Salcombe and its history. Most join us without any specialised knowledge – they just pick it up. Our stewards are friendly folk who like to meet people and talk about the Museum, the town, the artefacts and generally make our visitors feel welcome.
    Please email us if you think you could help.


    Running our Museum costs money and we receive no Government funding. We are a local charity run entirely by volunteers and since the introduction of ‘Free Entry’ in 2019 we have been largely dependent on donations to keep the museum running.

    By making a valuable donation today, you will be helping to preserve the contents of the Museum and the collections for years to come.

    To make a donation please click the button on the right or email us.

    Become a Member

    You can also support us by becoming a member of the Salcombe Museum Society for just £6 a year. By joining you will receive free admission to the Museum and our talks and events, free access to our archives and discounts on research enquiries. So, how do you join us? Easy! Download a Membership Application and Banker’s Order form by clicking here then fill out the forms and post them to:

    Salcombe Maritime Museum
    Old Council Hall, Market Street
    Salcombe, TQ8 8DE

    If you are a UK taxpayer you can help us even more by filling out the Gift Aid Declaration Form attached to the Banker’s Order Form.

    If you would prefer to pay by cheque, please make it payable to Salcombe Museum Society.