DHS AGM and First World War Conference, 11 Oct

‘The Cruellest and Most Terrible War that has ever scourged Mankind’ (the words of Prime Minister Lloyd George, 1918) is the theme of the DHS Annual Conference, held after the AGM at the University of Exeter on Saturday 11th October 2014. All are welcome, but attendance is free for DHS members, with concessions for members of affiliate societies. Read on for the full programme and booking contact.

Devon Gardens Trust, Autumn events, Exeter

The Devon Gardens Trust has two Exeter events of historical interest this autumn: a Garden History Research Seminar on Thursday 9th October, and a talk on landscape gardening pioneers, The Men Who Improved the Devon Landscape - 1740-1820, on Wednesday 12th November.

Bracton exhibition: Exeter Cathedral 22 Sep - 4 Oct

Bracton: Making Laws in Medieval Devon is a forthcoming exhibition showcasing the life and work of the 13th century jurist Henry de Bratton, now remembered for Treatise on the Laws and Customs of England, now called 'Bracton'. The exhibit will be in Exeter Cathedral Library and Archives (free admission) from 22nd-26th September, and in the North Quire Aisle from 29th September - 4th October.

Tavistock Heritage Festival, 24-27 Oct

The Tavistock Heritage Festival runs from Friday October 24th to Monday October 27th 2014. The first such festival, it celebrates 1000 years of the history of this ancient stannary and market town. Historian Dr Ian Mortimer and historical novelist Michael Jecks will be amongst the speakers  at the event. There are also  free Historical Writing Workshops and other  fringe events.

West Buckland Remembrance Weekend, 8-9 Nov

On Saturday 8th November, West Buckland School is hosting an event - booked tickets only - commemorating the centenary of the start of the Great War. A drinks reception on Saturday is followed by an exhibition, talk by by Chris Allin ("West Buckland Boys in World War One") and Remembrance dinner. There is a Remembrance Service on Sunday.

History events: Plymouth International Book Festival

The forthcoming Plymouth International Book Festival (17-25 October) has a number of events of historical interest: Fighting on the Home Front: The Legacy of Women in World War One (Kate Adie); British Nurses on the Russian Front 1914-1917 (Angela K Smith), and The Customs House (Sir Andrew Motion).

The Work and History of Trinity House, Axminster, 1 Oct

Axminster History Association's next event is The Work and History of Trinity House (1st October 7.30pm, United Reform Church Hall Chard Street, Axminster EX13 5EB). This talk by Alan Nicholas, a retired lighthouse engineer, will cover the 500 years since Henry VIII granted Trinity House its first Royal Charter in 1514. Today it deploys over 600 aids to navigation from lighthouses to satellite navigation and is responsible for the inspection and audit of over 10,000 of these aids in our ports and harbours. Everyone welcome!

Devon Family History Society: AGM and Conference, Oct 4

The Devon Family History Society's AGM and Conference, on 4th October in The Mint, Exeter, has the theme In which they served ~ finding your family in wartime. For those who don't wish to attend the full conference, the exhibitors' area will be open to the public (admission £3) from 2pm-4.30pm.

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HA Plymouth: 2014-15 programme

The Historical Association, Plymouth Branch, has sent us its 2014-15 programme of talks. Not all the topics are explicitly Devon-related, but they will be of interest to many DHS members with a general interest in history.