Written by on 01/10/2020

IMAGE: Felicity Cole, Curator, Newton Abbot Museum

Newton Abbot’s brand-new museum opens for the first time on Saturday 3rd October. Newton’s Place, the stunning £2.2 million Museum and Community Hub, will also be the new home for the Town Council and will include community space.
Among the treasures on display at the museum will be the prehistoric Milber Votives, tiny cast figures that may have been used in ritualistic ceremonies.

Jay Richards for Riviera FM spoke with Felicity Cole, Curator of the Museum who said: “This really is an exciting time for us all as a community in Newton Abbot”, “We have a nice new Museum, bright and airy with lots of new interactives for people to enjoy” “We are already booked up until the 26th October, I’m merely a cog in a wheel, I have to thank all the staff and people who have been involved in creating this wonderful masterpiece!” “Come and see for yourself!!”

The brand new museum is housed within Newton’s Place, which has taken shape in the former St Leonard’s Church, Wolborough Street, and with the first visitors are due to be greeted by curator Felicity Cole and her team on Saturday October 3.

Newton Abbot is a market town and civil parish on the River Teign in the Teignbridge District of Devon, England, with a population of 25,556. It grew rapidly in the Victorian era as the home of the South Devon Railway locomotive works. This later became a major steam engine shed, retained to service British Railways diesel locomotives until 1981. It now houses the Brunel industrial estate.

Although entry will be free, COVID-19 restrictions require that all trips are booked in advance and numbers controlled, with bookings can be made via or by calling 01626 201121.

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