Torquay Museum Society
TORQUAY MUSEUM SOCIETY
We are a charitable organisation dedicated to promoting a wider understanding of the history, natural environment and cultural heritage of Devon. At the moment there are around two hundred and fifty Torquay Museum Society members. We organise the Annual Lecture Programme and provide voluntary support to the work of the Museum. New members are always welcome. For more details on joining Torquay Museum Society please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or download an application form below. Prices are for a years membership which includes entry to all lectures on the programme and free entry to the museum.
Membership Prices for 2019/2020
After consultation with our members we are changing our subscription year so that it will run from October to September the following year, rather than April to March the following year. Having a different membership year and lecture year has led to some confusion for members and In order to synchronise the subscription year and the lecture season it will be necessary FOR ONE TIME ONLY to have an eighteen month subscription ‘year’ which will run from April 2019 to September 2020.
We do not expect members to pay the eighteen-month subscription in one payment and therefore subscriptions can be paid in two instalments (please see details on the Membership Application Form, a link to which can be found above)
The 18 month subscription rate is as follows:
- Single £90
- Joint £150 (at the same address)
with the usual life memberships available as follows:
- Individual life membership £500 (10 years)
- Joint life membership £800 (10 years)
THE ANNUAL LECTURE PROGRAMME
The programme is in two seasons which run from October to Jan and February to April. Lectures are on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings starting at 10.45am and are open to Society members, and for a £5 fee, to members of the public. The lectures cover a huge array of topics and cater for a wide variety of interests.
The new Public Lecture Programme for the Feb to April 2019 Season is now available. Pick up a copy at various outlets across the Bay, from Torquay Museum or download a PDF copy below. Details of each lecture are also available on Torquay Museum's Whats On page.
During the summer months, between the spring and autumn lecture series, we run weekly conversazione, informal meetings involving presentations by members, e.g.short talks, poetry readings, and discussions initiated by members, often around the display of interesting objects and artefacts. This years series of conversazione starts on Tuesday 25th April at 10:30 am.
THE BOOK COLLECTION
We are the proud custodians of an historic book collection begun at the founding of the Torquay Natural History Society in 1844. This collection is a key resource for specialist researchers from far afield as well as for local people interested in exploring aspects of our common heritage.
There are many volunteering opportunities for Society members wishing to support the running of the Museum, from helping out with day-to-day practical tasks to assisting at the Museum’s regular educational activities for children and young people; these include outreach events at local schools and the ‘Young Archaeologists Club’. Volunteers are also responsible for the cataloguing and care of the Society’s book collection.
HELP RUN THE SOCIETY
As a democratic organisation we encourage members to participate at all levels of the Society. The governing body of the Society, known as the Board of Trustees, consists of up to ten members, who meet bi-monthly to oversee the work of the Society. All members have an automatic right to be elected to the Board and are encouraged to put themselves forward for election to the Board or any of its sub-groups. Members are also encouraged to put themselves forward for roles within the five subject sections of the Society, i.e. Geology, Archaeology and Astronomy, Local History, Zoology and Ornithology, Botany, Literature and the Arts.