Talks and Meeting Programme 2017

All meetings take place in Matthews Hall at 7:30 pm. The bar opens at 7:00 pm for wine and soft drinks.

Thursday 21September 2017
Tidal Dart – A Thousand Year Journey up the Dart Estuary
by John Risdon
John Risdon, Brixham-born former teacher, local historian, walking guide and President of Brixham Heritage Museum, will take his audience on a historical journey along the River Dart.

Thursday 19 October 2017

Thursday 16 November 2017
The Oboussier Lecture
The Ancient Houses of Exeter Cathedral Close
by John Allan
John Allan is President of the Devon Archaeological Society and Consultant Archaeologist to the Dean and Chapter of Exeter Cathedral. He is also an honorary university fellow of the Archaeology Department of Exeter University. For 20 years (1984-2004) he was Curator of Antiquities at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum. He has published one book and about 50 papers on the archaeology and architecture of SW England, mainly focussing on the medieval period and later.

Future lecture dates in 2018
18 January, 15 February, 15 March, 20 September, 18 October & 15 November.

Annual Summer Outing

The Society’s Annual Summer Outing is on Thursday 22 June 2017 visiting Antony, a National Trust property at Torpoint. Details can be found here.


Informative walking tours of the town are run by Topsham Society guides every Wednesday and Saturday from May to September. These free tours start from Holman Way Car Park at 2pm, with no booking necessary. You can download the Walks flyer here.
Call Gill Yates on 01392 875276 for group bookings.

Planning Group

The Society’s committee includes a Planning Group. This group of local residents and co-opted experts, including architects and environmental consultants, regularly scrutinises Exeter City Council planning applications for matters of concern to Topsham and responds accordingly.