Obituary

Oliver Davies, Honorary Life President of Minehead Museum

It is with great sadness that we have to record the passing of Oliver Davies. Much has been printed elsewhere reflecting on his distinguished musical career. It is fitting that we also note Oliver’s contribution to Minehead.

He was a founder member of the Conservation Society and during his period as Chairman of the Society was an enthusiastic advocate for the need for a museum in the Minehead. At his instigation a museum committee was set up within the society, to look into the prospects for a museum in the town. His enthusiasm drew together a team who rose to the challenge. This led to a number of exhibitions and finally the opening of Minehead Museum based in the Beach Hotel, in March 2014. The museum, now an independent registered charity, has gone from strength to strength, attracting over 11.500 visitors last year.

Along with his vast musical knowledge Oliver was also very keen on historical research relating to Minehead and was an authority on the Victorian and Edwardian architects who helped shape the town. He remained keenly interested in the development of the museum and was elected Honorary Life President in 2017 in recognition of his contribution to the founding and development of the museum.

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Minehead Museum
Charity Registration no. 1169355
Beach Hotel Complex
The Avenue
Minehead
TA24 5AP