Newton Abbot’s brand new museum is now open!
Exciting displays tell the stories of local people and the local area, exploring new areas and incorporating ideas from the community into the galleries. The larger space means we can bring many interesting and unusual objects out from the stores for the very first time. Come and find out what a Thwirting Iron does, what was lost on the bank of the River Teign 3,500 years ago and why Victorian wedding dresses were not usually white.
Popular favourites such as the Railway area with working signals and the amazing ‘Notable Newtonians’ have been updated and refreshed. The impressive 16th century Sandford Orleigh carvings and Lethbridge’s extraordinary diving machine now take centre stage.
Hands-on activities for all ages bring the stories to life. Have a go at designing an Aller Vale pot, sending a code on the signal bells, finding hidden treasure or feeling the difference between rich and poor Victorian fabrics. We have over 20 fun activities to try.
Interactive screens show how the town has developed since the 1700s through a series of old maps. Scroll through some photographic highlights or search the museum’s collection of 5,000 images. View our film archives or listen to the tales of a railway age gone-by.
The museum is part of Newton’s Place: an accessible community building, celebrating the heritage of the local area and its people. This £2.2m project began in 2016 to provide a new home for Newton Abbot Town Council and Museum, alongside community rooms for exciting events, workshops and exhibitions. A ‘Your Space’ area enables local people to display their personal collections and community artwork weaves through the fabric of the building.
This project would have been impossible without the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the donations and enthusiasm of the people of Newton Abbot and the many other businesses and heritage organisations that contributed to Newton’s Place.
Find a list of all our sponsors here
Newton’s Place is located in a former church built in 1835. After falling into disrepair, the rich architecture and features of this beautiful, Grade II listed building were restored as part of the project. Come and find out how we brought the building back to life!
To plan your visit, see our visiting page.