Our Week At The Museum

Hello, our names are Ruby and Martha from Coombeshead Academy and Teign School and we are doing our work experience at The Newton Abbot Museum. Throughout our week here we have been doing many activities such as object handling and creating our own display...

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World War Two Gas Protection Equipment

In commemoration of the 80th anniversary of D-day today we are sharing images of the WWII gas masks in our museum collection.

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Remembering ‘Little Poland’

A vibrant Polish costume on display in the museum illustrates the town’s connection with the Polish community. By Charlotte Edwards During the Second World War the American armed forces had a military hospital, formed from a series of huts, at Ilford in Stover. When...

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Atmospheric Railway

By Charlotte Edwards We often think of the atmospheric railway which ran between Exeter and Newton Abbot as Brunel’s brainchild, but although he pioneered the Devon line, he did not come up with the idea of moving trains using the power of air himself....

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Reflecting on volunteering for the Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award

Hi, I’m Emilia and I began volunteering at Newton Abbot Museum in April 2022 as part of my Silver Duke of Edinburgh award (I am now working towards my Gold). I really enjoy my volunteering sessions at the museum, and I have learnt so...

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