Great Torrington Heritage Museum

Great Torrington Heritage Museum

The history and heritage centre of Torrington

Future Events

We're sorry we can't offer our usual range of talks, exhibitions and special events this year but we know you'll understand the reason. We look forward to welcoming you back in 2021.

In the meantime, if you have any suggestions for talks or events that you think might fit in with the spirit of the museum, feel free to get in touch using the 'contact' page.

The Market House is generally suited to readings, lectures and presentations for an audience of between 25 to 30 people. Our volunteers generally help supply refreshments for events.

Proceeds go towards the running and upkeep of our museum, helping ensure its future.

Future Events

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Past Events

Charles Inniss fishing on the River Torridge

Charles Inniss talk on Fishing, The Torridge and The Pub

When: Thursday 23rd August 2018
Where: The Museum in the market house
Time: 14.30 – 16.00 (Refreshments served from 14.00)
Cost: £3.00.
Suitability: Family Friendly
Booking: Use the Contact page to book or call 01805 938008

Charles Inniss was, for many years, proprietor of the Half Moon Inn at Sheepwash. A life long Salmon and Sea Trout angler, Charles also ran 10 miles of the River Torridge, was secretary of the Torridge Angling Association, and knows much regarding the angling history of this classic game fishing river.

Not a naughty boy but a willing participant, thanks David.

Come and have your picture taken in the Pillory or dressed in Civil War costume.

When: Tuesday 21st August 2018
There are more fun events taking place in the Pannier Market on the same day.
Where: The Museum in the market house
Time: 10.30 – 16.00
Suitability: Family Friendly

Rope artwork by Ed Crumpton

Rope and Knots: A presentation by Dr. Colin Byfleet and Local Artist, Ed Crumpton.

When: Thursday 16th August 2018
Where: The Museum in the market house
Time: 18.30 – 20.30
Cost: £3.00.
Suitability: Family Friendly
Booking: Use the Contact page to book or call 01805 938008

Dr. Colin Byfleet, ex-President and current Treasurer of the International Guild of Knot Tyers, will talk about his interested in all things to do with knots including the history, maths and science behind knots. He will also talk about creating a living from making boat fenders and bell-ropes, and everything in between.

Ed Crumpton will give a demonstration using the ropemaking machine in the museum and talk about his interest in rope as a medium and the processes behind creating his art. Ed’s ‘Mariners Way‘ knotted rope sculpture, commissioned by and sited at Exeter University, formed part of a two year project researching and responding creatively to this ancient walkway, which took mariners looking for work, from Bideford to Dartmouth and back. Edward has made many varied and interesting rope sculptures, always pushing the boundaries in his ropemaking and knotting skills. Not limited to rope, Ed will also talk about his painting and wood engraving.

Harry Juniper in his Bideford Studio

Harry Juniper, local potter of international acclaim

When: 26th July 2018
Where: The Museum in the market house
Time: 18.30 – 20.30
Cost: £3.00. Proceeds go to help the Museum
Suitability: Family Friendly
Booking: Use the Contact page to book or call 01805 938008

Harry Juniper has kindly agreed to come to the museum and talk about his pottery, life in Devon and how he arrived in Torrington as an evacuee during WW2. He will also be showing a short film recorded about him by the BBC. 

Beam Weir on the Torridge

The River Torridge and future conservation plans

When: 5th July 2018
Where: The Museum in the market house
Time: 18.30 – 20.30
Cost: £3.00. Proceeds go to Men’s Sheds and the Museum
Suitability: Family Friendly
Booking: Use the Contact page to book or call 01805 938008

Alan Crawley, committee member of the Commons Conservators, will be talking about the  wildlife in and around the river and what the Conservators are planning to achieve in the future.