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Transformation to the 21st century

Exterior of Teign Heritage Centre

Exterior of Teign Heritage Centre, April 2011

The Teign Heritage Centre, home to the Teignmouth and Shaldon Museum, opened its doors to the public on 28th May 2011, 2018 seeing the 40th Anniversary season. The Centre offers local residents and visitors the opportunity to explore the fascinating heritage of the area, as well as attend events, concerts and workshops.

The original Museum, housed in an 18th century building, was granted to the Teignmouth Historical Society to set up a Museum and this was opened in July 1978. We therefore celebrate our 40th anniversary year in 2018.

The building was given a £1.1m transformation and annexe, thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the CABE/ Sea Change Initiative, the Foyle Foundation, Viridor, English Heritage and many other funders, supporters and individual donors.

In June 2012 it was awarded the top accolade in the Best Commercial/Public Building category for its interesting and sustainable design by Devon Building Control Partnership. The building also won Project of the Year in the Western Morning News & Michelmores South West Commercial Property Awards, presented by Michael Portillo on 19th June 2012.

Inside the building

The eye-catching building boasts impressive new visitor facilities and is fully accessible. The Teign Heritage Centre consists of two wonderful permanent galleries which have been carefully designed to appeal to both adults and children. The Centre also houses a roof terrace, a large meeting and events space, the Teign Room, a small shop, dedicated research area and archive room.

Teign Heritage

Teign Heritage is the body which oversees the running of the Teign Heritage Centre. Teign Heritage is a Registered Charity (1116204) and a Limited Company (5874265). The Teign Heritage Centre staff and the Board of Trustees are all volunteers.


The Teign Heritage Trustees are:

  • Jamie Evans
  • Peter Maberly
  • Lin Watson (Archivist)
  • Lou Bagnald (Curator)
  • Clive Cohen (Chairman)
  • Colin Barber
  • Richard King



The Museum is an Accredited Museum no. 996.


“What a fantastic place – something which Teignmouth should be very proud of’.”