Museum ends anniversary celebrations with day of talks 

Family enjoying tea in Preston in 1921

Family enjoying tea in Preston in 1921 - Credit: Torquay Museum

Torquay Museum is rounding off its rather protracted celebrations for its 175th anniversary with a day of talks covering a variety of aspects of local history.

The day will include five speakers with well-known local historians and researchers form further afield taking part.

The talks will be held in Pengelly Hall at Torquay Museum which has theatre-style seating, but will also be available to watch via a live stream so that anyone anywhere can access it.

Torbay Heritage Day Poster

Torbay Heritage Day celebrates 175 years of Torquay Museum. - Credit: Torquay Museum

On the day you will be able to learn the story of the Battle of Torquay from Dr James Kneale of UCL, talking about how in 1888 dozens of members of the Salvation Army were arrested in Torquay for marching on a Sunday, with thousands turning out to support them.

How a local improvement Bill lead to 'the Battle of Torquay’ and why the town briefly defied Parliament.

Attendees will also discover the little known stories of local women involved in the fight for the right to vote from Elizabeth Crawford, researcher and author on the women’s suffrage movement, in a fully illustrated talk describing the movement during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Well-known local historian Kevin Dixon will be looking at a time of change in Torbay, describing how the town thrived after the First World War and the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918.

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Torbay gained a new identity and rose to the challenges of the 1920s making it an interesting time for the area.

The day will also include a look into the past of Torquay by way of a historical tour of the area using the museum’s extensive collection of magic lantern slides.

One of the lantern slides catalogued with NLHF funding. (PR26259)

One of the lantern slides catalogued with NLHF funding. (PR26259) - Credit: Torquay Museum

Local history author Phil Badcott will show the images and lead a virtual walk around Torquay.

It will be a fantastic day not to be missed by anyone interested in the history of Torbay.

There will be two ticket options, either £10 for a ticket to attend the day in person and have the chance to visit the museum, or £5 for a virtual ticket to enjoy the talks from anywhere you are.

Tickets are limited for attending the day due to uncertainty over social distancing so if you want to come in person early booking is advised. More information is available on the museum’s website www.torquaymuseum.org