An opportunity to embrace our future, whilst preserving our past:
Primarily, the Newton's Place project will provide an easily accessible social centre, celebrating our rich heritage, the achievements of the town and its people.
Located within close proximity of St. Leonard’s Tower and the recently refurbished Golden Lion Square, our new home will become the cornerstone of a growing ‘cultural quarter’ on the western side of the town. In addition, closer links with the Passmore Edwards Centre will boost both the quantity and scope of our annual programme of locally based activities and events.
Currently, the museum’s collection of publicly displayed artefacts tells the story of Newton Abbot’s industrial heritage, alongside notable events and people of the town. It is a unique resource, enjoyed by residents and visitors alike, and valued by researchers, local schools, colleges, and universities. This exciting project will provide a much larger museum space, allowing greater access to more of the items that are currently in storage.
Being based at the heart of Newton Abbot – with nearby parking and improved wheelchair access – will enhance both the museum’s profile and visitor experience.
A series of creative workshops, ‘hands-on’ sessions with museum objects and architectural tours of the building will be run throughout the project’s development phase.
The Town Council currently operates from No.9, Devon Square – itself an attractively fronted Victorian villa that was converted for office use in the 1980s – which also contains the Mayor’s Parlour and Council Chamber, plus the museum and many of its catalogued artefacts and donated items.
In short, we wish to improve upon the community facilities available in the town and create a heritage museum that will attract local people and visitors alike.
The move to St. Leonard’s would not only considerably increase the available floor space, but would also create open-access opportunities for the public display of a diverse range of temporary exhibitions – all sited within a short walk of the town centre.
We expect that the development process, and the building conversion work that will follow, will take around three years. Regular updates to our progress will be made available to the public through various media and consultation meetings and we welcome constructive suggestions as to what should be included in the plans for Newton’s Place – let us know what you'd like to see in your new museum and community building!