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Easter Surprise!

Take a walk along the Strand this Easter and have a look through the windows in the main gate of the Museum ...
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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 account of Captain Sir John Franklin’s lost expedition to the ...
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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 fascinating snippets of Topsham history. A lovely reminder of the ...
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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 governor. He trained as a carpenter and worked as a ...
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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 Co-op) and owned other Topsham businesses. Charles and Tryphena had ...
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New – a Virtual Tour!

We are delighted to offer you the opportunity to explore the Museum on any day and at any time, despite the Covid-19 restrictions. As part of the Keeping the Spark Alive initiative we have been working with a local specialist company (The Virtual Tour Company) to create this online tour. The tour covers all the rooms in the Museum and specific objects have been highlighted ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Secret Gardens will return!

Secret Gardens will not be held in 2021 but it will return! After much thought and consultation, we have decided ...
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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 ...
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Topsham Trails

Topsham Trails is a new leaflet offering two walking trails of Topsham with historical information, picture puzzles for children and ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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