WW1 Changing Faces of Heroism

The University of Leeds has partnered with the BBC to deliver a free online course, 'WW1: changing faces of heroism'. The course begins Monday 9 March and is for anyone with an interest in WW1 history and how it has shaped culture and society.

To read more see the flyer below or visit World War 1: Changing Faces of Heroism

Devon Remembers Heritage Project

The Devon Remembers Heritage Project is being launched with a new project team and an ambitious
programme of events and arts, new research and the creation of an archive. Over the next three years, we will work with communities across the county to tell the distinctive story of Devon during the First World War.

A Peep at the Pixies: exploring the life and literary archive of Anna Eliza Bray

The West Sussex Record Office holds an archive which has recently been catalogued, the papers of Anna Eliza Bray (1790-1883).  Anna Eliza Bray was a Victorian novelist and much of her work was based on Devon and Cornish history, legend and folklore.  She lived in Tavistock vicarage from 1822-1857, as the wife of the Reverend Edward Atkyns Bray.

See the flyer below for details of an upcoming talk about the archive entitled ‘A Peep at the Pixies: exploring the life and literary archive of Anna Eliza Bray (1790-1883)’ to be held at West Sussex Record Office in Chichester on Tuesday, 24 November at 19:00.  A selection of documents will be on display

Tickets cost £7.50 including refreshments.

To book tickets, please call our reception on 01243 753602.

The Making of Morchard

Thursday, 15 October 2015
Kennerleigh Village Hall

Richard Knight will be presenting the " Making of Morchard": an AV presentation consisting of 200 slides depicting the history of Morchard and surrounding parishes from 600 AD to the 1970s. It's a unique and probably last chance to see this slide show and commentary made by Tim Lyddon, a former teacher in Morchard.

£2.50 profits to British Legion by request of Mr Knight.

Devon Parish Taxpayers, 1500 - 1650 Abbotskerswell to Burlescombe

The Devon & Cornwall Record Society are publishing the first volume, in a series, of parish rates of Devon.

For further details and an order form see the flyer:

Paper Making in the Culm Valley

Wednesday, 16 September, 19:30

Feniton History Group and St. Andrew's Church invite you to a talk by Colin Harris entitled 'Paper Making in the Culm Valley'.

St Andrew's Church, Feniton, near Honiton

Colin is a local writer whose career was in the paper making industry. He has written a book on the subject. Along the River Culm at Stoke Canon, Silverton, Hele and Cullompton were paper mills making everything from rough paper to the very finest note paper. Come and hear how and why the area was so suitable. Colin will have copies of his book for sale.
Admission £3.00.
All proceeds, including book sales, will go to the Feniton Church.


Axminster History Society - 2015 - 2016 Programme

Our winter programme starts on Wednesday, 7 October 2015. We hope you will join us for what should be an interesting and varied programme of talks.

Meetings will once again start at 19:30 on the first Wednesday of each month and we will continue to use The United Reform Church Hall, Chard Street, Axminster, EX13 5EB. Free car parking is available opposite.

The Whipping Man: Theatre Royal, Plymouth

The Theatre Royal, Plymouth are currently producing a show called The Whipping Man which will
be performed from Thursday, 17th September to Saturday, 3rd October.

The play is set in 1865 in Richmond, Virginia, in the aftermath of the Civil War. It's a powerful and enthralling piece as a wounded master and his two former slaves are reunited but torn apart by the secrets of their pasts.

There is a cast of great actors performing the play: Gary Beadle (ex-Eastender bad guy, Paul Truman), Sope Dirisu (Fred from Channel 4's Humans) and James Northcote (from The Imitation Game).

For further details see the web site: www.theatreroyal.com/whippingman

Grenville Manor House, Bideford

Grenville Manor House Buildings Preservation Trust (Reg Charity 1156875) are seeking help with a project in Bideford, North Devon where they are trying to raise money to save a local building that once belonged to Sir Richard Grenville.

The trust have started a crowd funding page to try and raise the £100,000 to secure the building for future generations.

Details of the project can be found on their web site: www.grenvillemanorhouse.org and on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/SirRichardGrenville.

The Crowd funding page can be found at: www.crowdfunder.co.uk/grenville-manor-house/

Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival 2015

A number of national historians will be appearing at this year's Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival which runs from 17th - 20th September. Full details can be found at www.budlitfest.org.uk.

Of special note are:

  • Rachel Holmes talking about her latest biography on Eleanor Marx.
  • Ruth Scurr talking about the remarkable seventeenth gentleman - John Aubrey.
  • Peter Nasmyth talking about East Devon's Literary Heritage
  • Jessie Childs - God's Traitors: Terror and Faith in Elizabethan England

Also on the programme are:

  • Dame Hilary Mantel ( Budlitfest's President) - historical novelist - twice Man Booker Prize winner talking about her third novel on Sir Thomas More.
  • Judith Kerr - celebrated novelist born 1923 who wrote 'When Hitler stole Pink Rabbit' based on her own experience of escaping Nazi Germany in the 1930s.

There are also many other events with authors of national and international acclaim, please see the web site for further details box office information.