Terrible Tiverton Walk

Discover the darker side of Tiverton’s past with this gruesome walk through the terrible history concealed in the town. After the success of his Radical History Walk, Steve Bush will be guiding you through the streets of Tiverton this Halloween to discover just how terrible Tiverton was. Hear all about the ghostly goings-on in the town, from sorrowful brides at the castle to headless monks and the possible tale of the museum’s very own spook. Learn about the grisly accidents that have happened over the centuries, some ghastly murders and all sorts of other gruesome events.

This one might be a bit unnerving so isn’t aimed at children, but older children are welcome at an adult’s discretion! Meet at the museum on Thursday 31 October at 5.30pm. The walk will last approximately an hour and a half. Tickets are £6 each and are available at the museum or online at Eventbrite.

See the museum’s website or find them on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram @TivertonMuseum for details of all events. Discounts available for museum members.


Tiverton Museum’s Trailblazers Series concludes this autumn with an illustrated talk exploring wartime heroine Odette and her life post war in the Blackdown Hills.

Odette is a name that some will remember from the 1950 film starring Anna Neagle, Peter Ustinov and Trevor Howard, and she is also the subject of a number of books. For those who don’t know her story, this young mother of three, became a Second World War SOE Agent in France. Eventually betrayed, she displayed immense dignity and bravery during her imprisonment, for which she was subsequently awarded the George Cross.

Through all that has been written about Odette, her connection with Devon and the Blackdown Hills has remained almost unknown. Using extensive research, images – some from the family of Odette and never seen before – local historian, author and museum volunteer Amyas Crump sets out to put the record straight on Odette’s local connections.

Odette’s granddaughter speaks highly of Amyas Crump and his knowledge of her connection with Mid Devon: “He has an astonishing wealth of knowledge of Odette’s time in that locality, and also of her experiences in SOE during the War. We view Amyas as a real advocate for our grandmother. I trust his knowledge and opinion completely, and have even learnt things about Odette’s life from him that I never knew!”

The talk takes place at Tiverton Town Hall on Friday 8 November at 7.30pm. Tickets are £6 and are available online at Eventbrite or at the museum. There will be a chance to see unique memorabilia and copies of the latest book on Odette will be available.

See the museum website or find them on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram @TivertonMuseum for details of all upcoming events. Discounts available for museum members.