The Shakespeare Authorship Question

Thu 23 April 2015, 19:30pm, Exeter Cathedral (£9.00)

Dr Ian Mortimer (author of the bestselling Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England') gives the first presentation of his new paper The Shakespeare Authorship Debate and Historical Responsibility, on the anniversary of the Bard's death (and accepted birth).

For more information and to book click here


Exe Heritage Leaflet

The Exe Estuary Management Partnership have created a new leaflet which is available as a hard copy from tourist information centres and other outlets such as the RSPB shop at Darts Farm and Powderham Castle.

Starcross History

Monica Lang has sent us news of Starcross History, a newly-formed group for Starcross, on the west shore of the Exe Estuary: a village whose history goes back at least to the 12th century and the now-lost 'Stairs Cross', later notable as a key station on Brunel's Atmospheric Railway and as the birthplace of mariner, shipowner and inventor Captain George Peacock.

Aerial film reveals Torre chapel site

A drone movie commissioned by Torbay Council provides a spectacular overview of the Council's woodland management work at the hitherto-obscured site of St Michael's Chapel, a 13th century chapel on a crag of limestone above Torre Station and the main Newton Abbot Road, Torbay.

Over the previous century, the site at Chapel Woods has become heavily overgrown with non-native holm oaks at the expense of native broadleaf woodland.

The Ivan Roots Memorial Lecture


supported by:
Devon & Cornwall Record Society
The Devonshire Association
The Devon History Society
The Historical Association (Exeter Branch)
The University of Exeter



Dr Stephen Roberts `The Devon Cromwellians' 

2pm, 20 June 2015

The Queen's Building, University of Exeter

Centuries of Change – or how to write the history of the last thousand years without leaving Devon


A talk by Dr Ian Mortimer
Devon Heritage Centre, Sowton, Exeter
Wednesday 8th April 2015, 7:30 pm

Admission: £7

Bampfylde Lecture 2015: Historic Gardens of Somerset - Lost and Found - 27 Feb

Hestercombe Gardens Trust has sent us news that may be of interest to DHS members: the Bampfylde Lecture 2015 - Historic Gardens of Somerset - Lost and Found - to be held at Hestercombe, Somerset, on the evening of Friday 27th February. The talk is by Marion Mako, co-author with Professor Timothy Mowl of the 2010 Historic Gardens of Somerset, the first ever attempt to make a detailed inventory of Somerset's rich garden heritage.

26th Feb 2015 Exmoor Society Talk - The Exmoor Society Archive

The Barnstaple Group of the Exmoor Society are holding a talk on 26th Feb 2015.  The speaker is Dr Hilary Blackman who will be speaking about the Exmoor Society Archive.

For further details see the flyer:

New Book Celebrates the History of Exeter's First School for the Blind

To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the West of England School Association (WESA) is to publish a comprehensive history of the West of England Institution for the Instruction and Employment of the Blind, which was created in Exeter in 1838.

Written by former pupil Bill Pratt, A Visionary Friend is an in-depth and fascinating examination of the establishment and running of the ground-breaking school, from its early days in Bedford Circus and Paul Street, then the move in 1843 to St David’s Hill, where it remained until 1965. The School was renamed in 1946 as the School for the Partially Sighted.

Devon Archive Treasures - The Guildhall, Exeter 24 Mar 2015

On 24th March 2015 the South West Heritage Trust will be exhibiting, for one day only, curious and unknown documents relating to Devon which are held at the Somerset Heritage Centre.

These include a range of documents which inform us of Devon's past in unique and varying ways.

Free admission

See the poster: