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…

New Online Shop

Browse our New Museum shop! We are delighted to announce that our new online shop is now open. A selection of gifts with a local flavour, museum books, including the Lockdown Fox, pamphlets and much, much more on our website (click the green button at the top our Home Page) or directly https://shop.topshammuseum.org.uk/

The Lockdown Fox

After seeing a fox in Topsham one night during lockdown Phil Keen was inspired to paint different scenes of a fox about town. This has now developed into a charming picture book, The Lockdown Fox, written and illustrated by Phil Keen that will appeal to both children and adults. Phil is a valued member of…

The Cygnet and the Black Swans

The beautiful white Cygnet is a feature of Topsham Museum.  For centuries Europeans believed that all swans are white. That all changed in 1697 when Willem de Vlamingh reached Western Australia and was amazed to see black swans on the estuary he named Swan River. These days, we need go no further than Underway in Topsham to see black…

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…

Topsham Trails: New Leaflet

Topsham Trails is a new leaflet offering two walking trails of Topsham with historical information, picture puzzles for children and an inviting pictorial map by Phil Keen. The leaflet is written and published by Topsham Museum and funded by Devon County Council. You can pick up your free copy from the leaflet box attached to…

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…

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….