Axminster Heritage Centre unveils plaque in memory of long-time supporter

By Rebecca Green

12th Apr 2023 | Local History

Axminster Heritage Centre recently celebrated the life of the late architect and long-time supporter Richard James Abrams BSc ARIBA, who died in 2022.

Executive committee chairman of Axminster Heritage, Stuart Courtman, said: "Richard worked tirelessly alongside the founding fathers of Axminster Heritage for a number of years to support the restoration of the building you see today."

Richard's widow, Hilary Abrams, unveiled a plaque dedicated to her husband in the entrance to Thomas Whitty House before joining heritage centre members in the museum as the centre introduced their latest temporary exhibition – 'Britain's Railways'.

The exhibition, created by Axminster Heritage collections committee member and trustee, Rebecca Green, is an exploration and celebration of both the industrial and social history of Britain's Railways and features panels on Seaton Junction and the Axminster to Lyme Regis branch line as well as Axminster Station.

'Britain's Railways' can be viewed at Axminster Heritage Centre during its new summer opening hours, which are Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm, and Saturdays 10am – 1pm.

For further information, call the centre on 01297 639884 or visit


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