The Spanish Armada July 1588

How Topsham earned this flag. It was a good old English summer.  The wind blew, and the rain poured down. The Spanish fleet left Lisbon in May, but soon had to seek shelter from storms.  Meanwhile, English coastal towns were instructed to send ships to ‘attend on Sir Francis’.   By early July, four Topsham ships…

Nello’s Longest Table

Nello Ghezzo was a much-loved Topsham restauranteur who sadly died in 1999. He had a dream that the whole community might come together for a gigantic communal meal.  In Nello’s memory, every other year, tables stretch end to end from Grove House along Fore Street, around the Quay and along Ferry Road, past the Underway…

Secret Gardens-a date for your diary!

Welcome to the Secret Gardens that should be happening today!  The gardens remained so secret they were never revealed in 2020 – but wait – in 2021 you may find them if you walk round Topsham on Sunday 13th June 2021! Begun in 2006 Secret Gardens is a fun event to raise funds for Topsham…

‘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,…

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…

Museum events postponed

We regret that the 2020 season opening has been deferred indefinitely because of the Covid-19 pandemic. All planned events and activities have been postponed. We now plan to hold the Secret Gardens event in June 2021.