Great Torrington Heritage Museum

 

Our Story

The history of the Great Torrington Heritage Museum


1976

The Museum opened its doors in 1976, using rooms located in the Town Hall leased from the Town Lands and Poors Charity on a peppercorn rent. At that time it was stated by the Trustees that provision of a museum in Torrington was regarded as yet another important and very necessary addition to the Town’s facilities and attractions.

2006

However, in 2006 the museum was asked to leave the Town Hall. Dry rot had been discovered rendering the building unsafe and in need of major restoration. The museum was literally packed up, our volunteers assisting in the operation of moving the collections into storage.

2012

The two properties we now occupy became vacant at roughly the same time and following on from an approach to the Town Council regarding 14 South Street and Torridge District Council in respect of the Market House, we were able to occupy both adjoining buildings on peppercorn rents. The Market House, a fine Grade 2* listed building, gives the Museum an historic setting in which to display our collections and a spacious facility for fund raising opportunities.
 
With a grant from Leader 4 we were able to unpack and display a limited selection of items thus enabling the Museum to re-open on a limited basis.

Our Mission

To provide a friendly, free, topical museum designed to tell the diverse story of our ancient market town.

 

 

The history of the Great Torrington Heritage Museum


1976

The Museum opened its doors in 1976, using rooms located in the Town Hall leased from the Town Lands and Poors Charity on a peppercorn rent. At that time it was stated by the Trustees that provision of a museum in Torrington was regarded as yet another important and very necessary addition to the Town’s facilities and attractions.

2006

However, in 2006 the museum was asked to leave the Town Hall. Dry rot had been discovered rendering the building unsafe and in need of major restoration. The museum was literally packed up, our volunteers assisting in the operation of moving the collections into storage.

2012

The two properties we now occupy became vacant at roughly the same time and following on from an approach to the Town Council regarding 14 South Street and Torridge District Council in respect of the Market House, we were able to occupy both adjoining buildings on peppercorn rents. The Market House, a fine Grade 2* listed building, gives the Museum an historic setting in which to display our collections and a spacious facility for fund raising opportunities.
 
With a grant from Leader 4 we were able to unpack and display a limited selection of items thus enabling the Museum to re-open on a limited basis.

Our Mission

To provide a friendly, free, topical museum designed to tell the diverse story of our ancient market town.

 

 

The history of the Great Torrington Heritage Museum


1976

The Museum opened its doors in 1976, using rooms located in the Town Hall leased from the Town Lands and Poors Charity on a peppercorn rent. At that time it was stated by the Trustees that provision of a museum in Torrington was regarded as yet another important and very necessary addition to the Town’s facilities and attractions.

2006

However, in 2006 the museum was asked to leave the Town Hall. Dry rot had been discovered rendering the building unsafe and in need of major restoration. The museum was literally packed up, our volunteers assisting in the operation of moving the collections into storage.

2012

The two properties we now occupy became vacant at roughly the same time and following on from an approach to the Town Council regarding 14 South Street and Torridge District Council in respect of the Market House, we were able to occupy both adjoining buildings on peppercorn rents. The Market House, a fine Grade 2* listed building, gives the Museum an historic setting in which to display our collections and a spacious facility for fund raising opportunities.
 
With a grant from Leader 4 we were able to unpack and display a limited selection of items thus enabling the Museum to re-open on a limited basis.

Our Mission

To provide a friendly, free, topical museum designed to tell the diverse story of our ancient market town.

Support us in conserving your local history.
14 South Street and The Market House-Great Torrington-Devon-EX388AF
Telephone - 01805 622306
Email - enquiries@torringtonmuseum.org.uk
Registered Charity 1166793
© 2016 Great Torrington Heritage Museum
Please support us in conserving your local history.
14 South Street and The Market House, Great Torrington, Devon, EX38 8AF.
Telephone - 01805 622306
Email - enquiries@torringtonmuseum.org.uk
Registered Charity 1166793
© 2016 Great Torrington Heritage Museum
Please support us in conserving your local history.
14 South Street and The Market House, Great Torrington, Devon, EX38 8AF.
Telephone - 01805 622306
Email - enquiries@torringtonmuseum.org.uk
Registered Charity 1166793
© 2016 Great Torrington Heritage Museum