Torquay Museum’s 175th year celebrated with regular Torbay Weekly pictorial feature

Outside Cockrem's at 10 Strand, Torquay Picture: Torquay Museum

Outside Cockrem's at 10 Strand, Torquay Picture: Torquay Museum - Credit: Archant

In this very strange year of worldwide crisis Torquay Museum has turned 175 years old.

Abbey Road after the blizzard of 1891 Picture: Torquay Museum

Abbey Road after the blizzard of 1891 Picture: Torquay Museum - Credit: Archant

It has survived two world wars and the global Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918-19. It has witnessed incredible scientific breakthroughs including Darwin's theory of evolution, the discovery of penicillin and the decoding the human genome and we hope it will see many more!

The museum had plans to celebrate this incredible long history with its 175th Anniversary Project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

There would have been a summer exhibition on the secrets of the museum, another exhibition of photographs on the streets of Torbay and we were documenting our lantern slide collection of almost 7,000 historic images.

All this is on hold for the time being but to keep the local community in touch with the museum collections and to remind those who can't go out what a beautiful place we live in, the museum will be supplying a regular picture feature here in your Torbay Weekly of an A-Z of Torbay.

Abbey Crescent from Rock Walk in April 1890 Picture: Torquay Museum

Abbey Crescent from Rock Walk in April 1890 Picture: Torquay Museum - Credit: Archant

If you would like to suggest images for this archive alphabet, please follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and you can make suggestions each week.

We can't promise anything but we will search our collections and print some of your suggestions.

Anstery's Cove, Torquay Picture: Torquay Museum

Anstery's Cove, Torquay Picture: Torquay Museum - Credit: Archant

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