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Review of Topsham Museum

Topsham Museum
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Topsham
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 11 July 2014

Stumbled across the museum by accident, it was free so thought we'd take a peek. Was very impressesed, clean, tidy and well presented, if you are happy to stand and read allow plenty of time as there is a wealth of information. Guides are lovely and well informed. And make sure you allow time for a culpa and amazing home made cake. Free and ran by volunteers a true tribute to Topsham which is well worth a visit

Thank jennifer h
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"vivien leigh"
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"local history"
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"free entry"
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"run by volunteers"
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"little gem"
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"lovely garden"
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"interesting exhibits"
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"across the road"
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"pretty garden"
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"knowledgeable volunteers"
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"the river"
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"sail loft"
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"tea shop"
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"family history"
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"well worth a visit"
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"period rooms"
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Reviewed 3 July 2014

Topsham in Devon England, was a port only second to London England in it's hay day. It facilitated a huge trade in woollen cloths to Europe, and by local accounts, built about 120 sailing ships for her majesty's Royal Navy, in six shipyards previously located at the town.

Topsham museum draws all these past elements together in a period house, on the strand, donated by Dorothy Holman, who was a descendent from one of those shipbuilding families.

Entry is free, and Topsham Museum is a beautiful location in the heart of old lower Topsham, where you can sit and have light refreshments alongside icons of the past.

There is a complete model of the town , a Swan Boat , built by Dixon's of Exmouth, reference to the salmon fishermen , and lots of factual details about the port, lovingly crafted together by a band of totally committed volunteers, who really love the town.

A beautiful riverside garden is attached to the Museum on the other side of the road, which members of the public can enjoy.

The museum also has a night dress worn by Vivian Leigh who was married to one of the Holmans and later to Sir Lawrence Olivier,. All fascinating stuff if you don't know, and well worth a visit.

Thank Ian M
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Reviewed 25 June 2014

The charming Topsham Museum was once a private house owned by Dorothy Holman, sister-in-law of the actress Vivien Leigh, and is home to the silk night dress Leigh wore in her Academy Award winning role of Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With The Wind; seeing it was the highlight of my visit. It is one of many items given to the museum by Leigh’s daughter, Suzanne Farrington, now aged 80, who lives in the neighbouring county of Somerset.

The museum also has a strong focus on Topsham’s maritime history – I loved the Cygnet, a unique craft made in 1861 designed in the shape of a swan for a local sea captain. I enjoyed a lovely pot of tea and a slice of homemade coffee and walnut cake in the museum's pretty garden after my tour.

1  Thank Andrew H
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Reviewed 18 June 2014

Topsham Museum is set in a lovely secluded garden. The estuary is just across the road and the Museum has another garden by the water, visitors are invited to sit and enjoy the view. The Museum was a Merchants House and the history of the original family and then on down the years is written up on display boards. The museum tells the history of the wool trade and there are many items on display. The museum, in the old sail loft, flows seamlessly into the Tudor merchants house. In such a lovely setting it must have been a joy to live there. The weather was glorious when we visited so we enjoyed our tea in the garden in the shade of one of the trees. The staff, all volunteers, are very friendly and clearly they have a passion for the museum and they are very happy to answer questions. There is a lift in the museum but the Tudor house has steep stairs.

2  Thank Pamela B
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Reviewed 13 June 2014

Tucked away off the Strand at Topsham is the intriguing Topsham Museum
Soak up the history and then enjoy a delicious cuppa or coffee served with a smile by the lovely volunteers

1  Thank JEFF M
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