Fairlynch Museum in Budleigh Salterton has honoured its last-surviving co-founder to celebrate her 100th birthday.
The Costume Room at the Fore Street attraction has been renamed after Joy Gawne – who becomes a centenarian on September 26.
Visitors will be able to find out about the origin of the celebrated collection when the history-packed hub is able to reopen safely.
Joy is one of a quartet of local women who bought Fairlynch more than half a century ago.
Current chairman Trevor Waddington has told stewards and volunteers that Joy is ‘delighted’ to be honoured at the museum which she helped to found.
Its head of history Roz Hickman added: “Still taking an interest in all matters concerning her beloved museum, Joy is a mine of information and enjoys sharing her knowledge with us.
“We wish her a very happy birthday on the 26th and many happy returns.”
Joy and her sisters Elizabeth and Aalish built up a collection of costumes, some of them of national importance.
Many of the finds came from local jumble sales and house auctions.
To raise money for charity, a display of costumes was created for one of the garden parties organised by the sisters at their home in Budleigh Salterton.
It proved so popular the siblings decided to open up the displays occasionally to the public.
A chance conversation with Budleigh resident Priscilla Hull over a cup of tea in 1967 resulted in the purchase of Fairlynch and the creation of the town’s museum.
Fairlynch’s costumes collection has more than 3,000 outfits and accessories with examples from every decade from 1730 to the present day.
Displays in the Costume Room are changed every year.
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