What’s On

Activities and Events

A variety of exciting activities, workshops and events take place in the museum galleries, the community rooms and out in the town. These include getting hands on with museum objects, art sessions, memory cafes and ‘behind-the-scenes’ tours of the museum stores. Keep checking back regularly to see what’s coming up.

Happening now: The Museum has it’s own radio show! Find out more here


Upcoming (Book now!)…


Understanding Repair & Maintenance of Traditional (Pre 1919) Buildings: FREE two-day courses on 1st & 2nd July 2021 at Newton’s Place, Newton Abbot

Newton’s Place, in conjunction with the Building Crafts College, is offering a two-day, CITB accredited course on Repair & Maintenance of Traditional Buildings. Participants will learn from industry experts about theory and practicalities of conserving traditional buildings including:

Importance of use of original materials and techniques

Criteria and reasons for preserving, differences between   performance of modern and traditional methods, importance of retaining maximum original fabric and the contribution made to sustainability

Understanding regulations, listing, official guidance and  the main technical terms used

Research and investigative measures, establishing evidence of original building date, other period alterations, surveys of condition and decay with suitable treatments to be used

Requirement for safe working, when to stop and ask for further advice from relevant persons and personal responsibility for safety

Spaces are strictly limited so early registration is recommended. While the course is offered to local construction students first, any remaining places will be offered to a wider audience including historic buildings owners, crafts persons, builders and professionals.The course is FREE to attend thanks to grant-funding obtained through the Newton’s Place Project and the Newton Abbot Community Trust

For an application form please contact Val Harrison: email [email protected]

Temporary Exhibitions

Within the community rooms, the museum and local groups/schools can hold regular exhibitions of collections and artwork. We have an exciting programme planned for the coming months. The first exhibition is by Newton Abbot Photographic Club. Over the many months of building work on Newton’s Place, members of the club volunteered countless hours of their time to document the processes and changes taking place. We now have a fantastic photographic record of how the building was transformed, and a small selection of these images make up this first exhibition.

There is always something new to see and do in the museum – even for regular visitors. Every month, a different group or school chooses a new item for our ‘Object of the Month’ case. The photo wall has a new theme each month, with historic images of local places, people and events from different eras. The ‘Your Space’ case is updated regularly with displays of collections or artwork by the local community. Our ‘Recent Donations’ area allows us to display the very latest objects that have been added to the museum collection. In addition, our bespoke gallery cases have a flexible design so that displays can be easily updated and changed and the objects swapped with items in our stores.

Do you have an idea for an exhibition or display you’d like to do? We’d love to hear from you – please contact us with your suggestions.

You can find details of Town Council events here and the full listing of Museum Friends Talks here

You can view our museum gallery of past events and activities here

The community rooms in Newton’s Place are usually available for hire but are temporarily closed due to coronavirus.