Museum dedicates room to former councillor

Official opening of David Butt Learning Room

Posted on: 19 February 2020

A former councillor who passed away in 2016 was honoured today (Wednesday 19 February) by the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon, as a room was named after him.

Family, fellow councillors and museum staff gathered for the official opening of the David Butt Learning Room, a new learning facility in the Long Bridge Wing of the museum. Former councillor David Butt was a prominent figure in north Devon who was regularly involved in many fundraising activities, including the Green Man Festival and the Amigos charity, as well as being a district councillor for many years.

Museum Manager, Alison Mills, says: “David was a great supporter of the museum and a driving force in establishing the Museum Development Trust, which played such a significant role in the creation of the new Long Bridge Wing. The council and the Development Trust felt it would be a fitting tribute to name the new learning facility after him, in recognition of both his support for the museum and his dedication to education in north Devon.”

Councillor Malcolm Prowse, who was a close friend, says: “David worked tirelessly as a district councillor to support the community and local charities after he retired as Deputy Head of Braunton School. He was very popular as a player, coach and later an official in many sporting fields, including rugby and cricket. Less known was David’s extensive work helping adults with reading difficulties and this makes the naming of the David Butt Learning Room so poignant. He was a modest man but he would have been very proud today.”

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