Dunkirk

In June 1940, 80 years ago this month, Hitler’s forces had swept across Western Europe. The men of the British Expeditionary Force (B.E.F.) had retreated to Dunkirk, where their fate hung in the balance. Amongst the small ships that set out to rescue them was a lifeboat with a 19-year-old Exeter boy aboard. Michael J….

‘A House Through Time’ BBC2 starts Tues 26th May

A new series of A House Through Time starts on BBC2 in Tuesday 26th May. David Olosuga investigates the history of a mechant’s house near Bristol Harbour and reveals stories of trade, piracy and slavery. The series was filmed last year, and included scenes in our very own Merchant’s House in Topsham Museum. Watch closely…

Why not write your own history?

You have a rich store of memories of family, friends, travels and day-to-day living. Now or later, others including children and grandchildren will want to know about your life. There may be stories you haven’t told or no one has thought to ask about. There will be happy parts and sad parts to your history,…

VE Day in Topsham by Joy Turrell

VE Day in Topsham Joy Turrell was sixteen in May 1945, and years later she wrote about VE Day here in Topsham: ‘When the news (came) that the war in Europe was over the whole street went wild as did everyone else in Britain. People were hugging and kissing each other, tears of happiness were…

VE DAY Memories

Do you or anyone you know remember VE Day in Topsham? If so, would you/they be willing to talk to a museum volunteer on the telephone and tell them about it? We’re collecting memories now, and will share them on Friday 8 May, the 75th anniversary of VE Day. Please send a message via Facebook…

Colouring In Sheet of Topsham

We hope you enjoy this colouring in sheet of Topsham designed for children (and adults in need of a mindful activity!). The map used was designed by Phil Keen for the new Topsham Trails leaflet the Museum has published. Unfortunately the launch of Topsham Trails has had to be delayed due to the current situation….

A View From My Window

We are living in unprecedented times. Nationally, and locally, we are experiencing something no one has ever experienced before and individuals, businesses and the community are reacting in extraordinary ways. In twenty or fifty years time, our children and grandchildren will ask us what it was like. What did you do all day? How did…

Temporary Exhibition: Market Gardening in Topsham

Visitors to Topsham before the Second World War would have found themselves surrounded by fields of vegetables, orchards of fruit trees and glasshouses full of flowers.  Learn how produce was grown, packed and transported to Covent Garden and how everyone, including the children, set to and helped at harvest time. The exhibition will run throughout the…

Museum Opens on 28th March 2020 with Extended Opening Hours 

Do come and celebrate the opening of the Museum for the 2020 season which coincides with Spring Forward Saturday. There will be lots of special events happening in Topsham on this day, supported by Love Topsham. See the new Market Gardening Exhibition, the Children’s Activities as well as other changes we’ve made to the Museum…