Over the Christmas period, we are open on the 19th - 21st and 27th - 30th of Dec

The March of William of Orange through Devon

12th Dec 2023, 10:45 am

Follow the historic journey of William of Orange from Holland to Brixham, Paignton, Newton Abbot and through the rest of Devon and find out whom he met and what he did. The talk includes live early music accompaniment, including Henry Purcell, from violinist Tim Trewin.


A Peculiar Perception

9th Jan 2024, 10:45 am

We launch the 2024 lecture programme with a light-hearted 'look' at the many ways our eyes ears and minds can play perceptive tricks on the sights and sounds that seemingly surround us.


The History and Use of Dowsing

10th Jan 2024, 10:45 am

Dowsing is an age-old craft that has survived from at least the Neolithic into the era of complex technology and modern science. Today, it is used across the globe, and in a wide range of situations, from locating fresh water, to archaeology, and even in the promotion of well-being.


Global Warming and the Ice Ages

16th Jan 2024, 10:45 am

Peter explores the ever-more important issues around human-induced warming of our atmosphere and oceans, looking back to past Ice Ages to help portray their effects.


The Lobb Brothers and Their Famous Plants

17th Jan 2024, 10:45 am

Cornish brothers William and Thomas Lobb were two of the most important plant hunters in British gardening history in the 19th century. Caradoc is a Devon based horticulturalist and is an authority on the history of plants introduced during the Victorian period - particularly relating to the Veitch Nurseries of Exeter and Chelsea.


Cockington - A Victorian Vignette

23rd Jan 2024, 10:45 am

Inspired by the Diaries of Arthur Mudge, brother-in-law to Richard Mallock, Squire of Cockington, during the period 1878-80, a broad swathe of the Victorian era is brought to life. With extracts from the diaries, you will hear and see a Cockington that s certain to surprise you!


The Healing Garden

24th Jan 2024, 10:45 am

Sue covers the involvement of plants in the production of both pharmaceutical drugs and herbal preparations ... along with the associated conservation issues affecting human health, drawing on her previous experience as Curator of the Chelsea Physic Garden.


The Folklore of Devon presented and performed by Jim Causley and Mark Norman

27th Jan 2024, 1:30 pm

Join us at Torquay Museum for an entertaining mixture of folk songs, legends and customs with Jim Causley and Mark Norman. Jim Causley is a folk-singer, award winning songwriter, musician, proud Devonian and all-round entertainer.   Mark Norman is a folklorist, the curator of the Devon Folklore Library and also the current folklore recorder for the Devonshire Association. This is a ticketed event to raise funds for Torquay Museum.


Splendours of of the Solar System

30th Jan 2024, 10:45 am

Recent space exploration has revealed worlds of extreme heat and intense cold, planets with storms the size of the Earth, moons with ice-covered oceans where life may exist, and much more! This talk tours our tiny, but fascinating, corner of the Universe!


The Glenn Miller Story

31st Jan 2024, 10:45 am

Paul tells us about the life of famed band leader Glenn Miller, with a saxophone accompaniment!

Egyptian Hieroglyphs Crowdfunding Campaign

Torquay Museum was chosen from a big group of applicants as a host venue for spectacular touring exhibition that explores the decoding of hieroglyphs. If Ancient Egypt is your passion and you would like exclusive access...

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