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…

Shop Online for Christmas!

We’re happy to announce that the Museum’s online shop will continue to operate during lockdown. With the challenges that Christmas shopping will inevitably bring this year, we have lots of present ideas including many Topsham-themed goods available at great prices. Take a look and get organised early while we still have stock! Our Lockdown Fox…

Shop and Tea Room Gift Vouchers 

New £500-£10.00 Shop and Tea Room Vouchers now available A gift for the person who has everything! The voucher is not time-expired, so although the museum is currently closed it will be ideal for when we re-open and thereafter. Clink on the link to buy online:https://shop.topshammuseum.org.uk/product-category/gift-vouchers/  

The Lockdown Fox Christmas Cards Available Now!

Following the huge success of The Lockdown Fox illustrated story book, Phil Keen has created a magical Christmas card for the Museum to sell. Available at our stall at Matthews Hall Saturday Market on 3rd, 17th and 31st October. christmas card poster Or you can buy from our online shop https://shop.topshammuseum.org.uk/product-category/topsham-christmas-cards/    

Are you sitting comfortably? 

Vivien Leigh bought this chairs as a reminder of the theatre she loved and later, it was given to her sister-in-law, Dorothy Holman, for the museum she’d opened in her house in Topsham. This red velvet theatre chair is upstairs in the Museum. Miss Holman, who started the museum in the 1960s, often sat in it,…

Schooldays

It’s back to school time.  This year it will all be a little different, but things could be worse!  We’ve been looking at Topsham schools’ logbooks held in the museum . . . Kept children round the fire, obliged to depart from routine and do what numbed fingers would allow.  Too cold to hold a…