What's the Story Newton Abbot

What's the Story Newton Abbot - Newton Abbot Town and GWR Museum

By: Newton Abbot Museum
Added: 02 February 2021


We are delighted to let you know that our new radio project has received funding: our debut broadcast took place in December and our second broadcast hit the airwaves last month.  

Newton Abbot museum have teamed up with radio experts from local, community-based Soundart Radio who are guiding us through the process of recording, editing and broadcasting a series of radio shows and podcasts. Funding for this project has come from the South West Museum Development Fund who are helping museums reach people who cannot currently visit museums due to Covid-19 restrictions. 

Live broadcasts can be found on 102.5 fm and at www.soundartradio.org.uk/listen You can also listen to past shows whenever suits you here (each episode can be found at the bottom of the page in the grey box) 

Our exciting programmes share stories of the town from the past with a range of themes including local walks, stories of the railways, the market and town life, plus lots of events and happenings that have taken place in our favourite market town over the years. 


Our very first programme shares local stories of Christmas and New Year with a mixture of fascinating interviews, sound recordings created by museum volunteers, and vox pop snippets from folks out shopping in Newton Abbot. The result is a rich, multi-layered programme sharing memories of the Christmas flood, pantomimes over the years, the railways at New Year, the workhouse at Christmas and a special view of the town in the 1870’s from the ‘Observer’ – a local resident who watched life from the top of the clock tower and wrote a regular newspaper column about Newton Abbot and the world. 


The second installment focuses on Stover Canal: listen to tales of flora, fauna, history and the fascinating archaeological dig, unearthing the past of this important waterway in Newton Abbot. Hear about the exquisite model barge donated to the museum from curator Felicity Cole.Museum volunteers have recorded a mixture of sounds and stories about Stover Canal and its associated waterways.