Agatha Christie Gallery
Trace the eventful life of the best-selling author of all time in this recently re-developed and improved gallery dedicated solely to Agatha Christie – her life, her novels and her plays.
Visitors can now step inside Poirot’s study and lounge, reconstructed in the Agatha Christie Gallery, and including furniture, books, pictures and even fireplaces from his beautiful London Art Deco apartment. The furniture and props, featured in ITV’s adaptations of Agatha Christie’s Poirot, were generously donated to Torquay Museum, after the filming of the final episode, by ITV Studios, Acorn Productions Ltd and HarperCollins Ltd.
The furniture was carefully installed in the Museum in July 2013. David Suchet, almost universally acknowledged as the finest actor to play Poirot, visited the Museum shortly afterwards to see and film the furniture while he was making an ITV documentary called Being Poirot. David also kindly presented to the Museum, on loan, the beautiful walking stick that he famously carried as Poirot.
The Gallery also contains new, meticulously researched information panels containing a wealth of facts and photographs about Agatha Christie’s life and work, from her childhood at Ashfield, to her later years at Greenway. There are props and costumes belonging to Poirot played by David Suchet, and Miss Marple played by Joan Hickson, including Poirot’s iconic clothes and walking stick, and one of Miss Marple’s unmistakable understated outfits.
See some of Agatha Christie’s personal effects, from handwritten notes to some of her clothes, and dozens of first editions of her novels. The photographs are complimented with objects and documents relating to the many books and plays that Agatha penned, as well as film and television memorabilia from her most famous character Hercule Poirot.
Challenge yourself with the Agatha Christie Quiz - answers can be found in the Museum's Christie Gallery.