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My Place museum is part of Newton’s Place: an accessible community building, celebrating the heritage of the local area and its people. This £2.2m project to convert the former St Leonard's Church in the heart of the town, began in 2016 to provide a new home for Newton Abbot Town Council and Museum, alongside community rooms for exciting events, workshops and exhibitions.

In 2019, the old St Leonard’s Church was still a building site in the process of becoming Newton’s Place. Over a 12 month period, supported by funding from  Historic England and The Helen Foundation, volunteer Katy Bennie worked with local artists and community groups (including eight primary schools) to create pop-art style artworks based on objects from the museum  collection and historic buildings around the town.

Each of the 11 pieces shows a different historic event connected to the town and together they create a timeline of Newton Abbot. To create each group piece, individual drawings were digitally combined into a unified whole by skilled local artists.  Recently, the posters were posted on-line as a permanent record of the young people's work.  Click HERE for access to the exhibition.  We think you'll agree this really was a terrific project and it's now available to everyone via the internet.


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