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Torbay's Heritage Lecture Day

Date: 25 September 2021

A day of talks to celebrate the history of Torbay and 175 years of Torquay Museum.

Saturday 25th September 9.45am - 4pm

Torbay has a long and rich history, during the day five speakers will each give an insight into a different aspect of the story of the Bay.  Come along either in person or virtually and see what new things you can find out about the area.  The day will bring to a close the celebrations for the 175th anniversary of Torquay Museum.

On the day you will be able to learn the story of the Battle of Torquay from Dr James Kneale of UCL, 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, and enjoy being regaled with tales of Torbay in the 1920s by renowned local historian Dr Kevin Dixon. You can also enjoy a tour of Torquay in magic lantern slides with local history author Phil Badcott and hear a little about the history of Torquay Museum from Curator Clare Howe.
It will be a fantastic day not to be missed by anyone interested in the history of Torbay. 

9.00 – 9.50              Registration

9.50 – 10.00            Welcome

10.00 – 11.00          ‘A different law prevails in Torquay’: The Salvation Army and the Battle of Torquay by Dr. James Kneale, Associate  Professor UCL 

11.00  – 11.15         Break

11.15  – 12.00         'A history tour of Torquay using Torquay Museum's magic lantern slides' by Phil Badcott, Local History Author

12.00 – 13.30          Lunch and the opportunity to look around the Museum

13.30 – 14.30          ‘Plymouth is so very backward that what we have gained represents a very real advance’: the ‘Votes for Women’  campaign in South Devon in the 19th and 20th centuries by Elizabeth Crawford, Researcher and Author

14.30 – 14.45           Break

14.45 – 15.30           Torbay in the 1920s by Dr. Kevin Dixon, Local Historian

15.30 – 16.00           Celebrating I75: Torquay Museum, Past, Present & Future by Clare Howe, Curator

16.00                        Close

There are 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.

(Due to uncertainty over covid regulations a limited number of tickets to attend will be released at first to ensure we can adhere to social distancing guidelines, more tickets will be released later if possible)

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