Easter Surprise!

Take a walk along the Strand this Easter and have a look through the windows in the main gate of the Museum……

HMS Terror: built in Topsham now a TV Drama series

The Terror is an exciting Drama/Horror series that starts on BBC 2 on Wednesday 3rd March 2021. Named after the 2007 novel by Dan Simmons, it was developed by David Kajganich and is a fictionalized account of Captain Sir John Franklin’s expedition to the Arctic in 1845–1848. The series is inspired by true events and is a fictionalised…

Dorothy Holman: A Lady of Determination & Vision

Dorothy Holman bought 25 Strand in 1938 and during the war she housed evacuees. After the war she started a youth club in the sail loft which ran for 20 years! In 1967 she decided she was ‘too old and tired’ to continue with the youth club so repurposed the sail loft as a small…

All New Full Colour Guide Available Now

This beautiful book, with rich colour photography, guides you room by room through Topsham Museum at 25 Strand.  It tells the story of Topsham from prehistory to the present day and introduces some of the people who made the town their home.  This full colour guide shows 48 pages of Museum images and also includes…

Another Topsham Character

ROY WHEELER (1914-2008) Does anyone remember Roy? When the Museum re-opens do come and listen to the recordings he made. Roy was born and lived his whole life in Topsham. He has been called ‘a true Topsham gentleman’ and was heavily involved in local life. He was a pupil at Topsham School and later a…

Topsham Characters

TRYPHENA GALE (NÉE SPARKS) 1851 – 1890 Tryphena Sparks was born in Dorset and was the cousin and sweetheart of the young Thomas Hardy. After attending Stockwell Training College she became headmistress of Plymouth Day School. She married Charles Frederick Gale, a Topsham publican, in 1877. They lived at the South Western Tavern (now the…

Secret Gardens will return!

Secret Gardens will not be held in 2021 but it will return! After much thought and consultation, we have decided to postpone this extremely popular event to ensure the safety of the community, visitors, and our volunteers. As soon as we have more information, we will let you know.

New Year’s Honours List 2021 

In the 2021 New Year Honours, Rachel Nichols and Jennifer Bliss have each been awarded the British Empire Medal for voluntary service to the Topsham Museum.   Both Rachel and Jennifer have been volunteers at the Museum for some 20 years, and have at various times been members of the management team and board of Trustees and have served as Vice Presidents. Together they started the biennial…

Happy Christmas & All Good Wishes for 2021

We would like to thank all our volunteers, members and everyone in the community for your support during this very difficult year. We hope you are able to enjoy your Christmas and very much look forward to a 2021 that is much brighter for everyone. If you take a walk along the Strand do take…

Christmas Cards available in Topsham

A big thank you to The Salutation in Topsham for kindly offering to sell our very popular Christmas cards. Locals you can now easily buy them in Topsham. You can also order/pick them up along with the Lockdown Fox book from 21 Victoria Road-please ring bell-cash only please. The online shop is also available for…