Miniature Garden Competition for Children

Half-Term Event on Monday 31st May: Create a Miniature Garden – for Children aged 3-11 years. Children are invited to bring a miniature garden they have made, on a plate or in a plant pot, to the Riverside Garden at the Museum. Gates will be open from 10am, they will register their name with a…

Art & Advertising

The second Museum Lecture of the season is ‘Art & Advertising’ by John Francis on 25th May at 11 am. Tickets are free for this Zoom Lecture and are  available from Eventbrite , click on the link for more information, to get a ticket or set a reminder: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/topsham-museum-talk-art-and-advertising-tickets-150052269377 We may be inclined to think art and advertising are…

The Golden Age of Children’s Book Illustration

 We hope you can join us for our first Zoom Lecture on Tuesday 27th April 2021 starting at 11 am.   The Golden Age of Children’s Book Illustration, by Emma Laws Tickets are free and are available from Eventbrite now click on the link to get a ticket or set a reminder: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/topsham-museum-lecture-the-golden-age-of-childrens-literature-emma-laws-tickets-141167011331

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.