Devon War Diaries Find a Home

A Devon man’s detailed account of life in a Second World War prisoner-of-war camp has been secured by the South West Heritage Trust. The two diaries give a comprehensive insight into the life of internees at the camp in Weihsien, China, from 1943 to 1945. They were handwritten by Lewis Mills Burfitt from Ilfracombe. The Trust also acquired some photographs of Mr Burfitt and Chinese artefacts he brought back.

Afternoon Tea with David Starkey

Magna Carta

The UK’s leading constitutional historian, David Starkey, known for his forthright views, talks about the 13th century agreement that limited for the first time the power of the monarch by stating the basic rights, privileges, and liberties of leading citizens and clergy. His assessment of the situation then, and how our constitution stands today exactly 800 years later, will amaze and challenge you. A Cambridge educated grammar school boy who became a respected LSE lecturer, a uniquely abrasive debater on Radio 4’s Moral Maze, and the creator and presenter of many very popular historical TV series, Dr Starkey is an inspirational speaker.

This is a charity fundraising event for The Plough Arts Centre supported by Geoffrey Cox QC, M.P for Torridge & West Devon.

A special auction of high value lots will take place after the interval.

Saturday, 28 November 2015

The Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington
EX38 8HQ

Full £20.00    Concession £18.00    Supporter £15.00  

Tickets include tea & cake during the interval. Event ends at 18:30

(Stay on to see an encore screening at 19:30 of: Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company: The Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare)

Box Office: 01805 624624
The Plough Cafe: 01805 625925

Historical Ladies who Lunch

Thursday, 26 November 2015
11:00 - 15:30

£40 (£35) BOOK NOW

Join Professors James Daybell (University of Plymouth) and Mark Stoyle (University of Southampton) to enjoy a fresh look at the lives of a selection of sixteenth and seventeenth-century women.

Professor Daybell will provide a practical demonstration of how to read an Elizabethan woman’s manuscript letter, demonstrating ways in which aspects such as handwriting, ink, layout, paper and seals communicate significant social meaning alongside textual and historical features.

Professor Stoyle will explore the remarkable stories of some of the ‘she-soldiers’ who donned masculine attire during the English Civil War and marched across England in both the Royalist and Parliamentarian armies.

In addition, Kate Osborne from RAMM will describe the lives of some of Exeter’s lesser-known Elizabethan women, from prostitutes to a baker’s widow.

The day includes morning coffee, a buffet lunch and afternoon tea.

Barnstaple Stories - Free oral history drop in event at the Guildhall 27 November 2015

Local community film makers North Devon Moving Image are working on an exciting new project to unveil and preserve Barnstaple's hidden heritage through your personal stories and photographs.  They will be holding a free drop in event at Barnstaple Guildhall on Friday 27 November 2015 between 10:00 and 15.30 where you can contribute to the project.

Amanda McCormack, Creative Director of NDMI says "We are fascinated by tales and images of old Barnstaple and there is nothing quite like hearing about the past from those who have lived it or who have stories passed down through their families."

Devon Remembers Heritage Project - November Newsletter

The first six weeks of our project have seen the team out and about meeting people all around the county.

We've been discovering inspiring stories, learning from local experts and hearing ideas for some fascinating new projects.

Read the rest of the newsletter here.

East Dartmoor History Association - Exploring the History of Your Parish

A six session course at the Devon Heritage Centre
Great Moor House, Bittern Road, Sowton, Exeter EX2 7NL
Mondays, 10:00 - 13:00
Starting 23 November 2015.

Please note the correct contact no:  01647 253145

See below for further details or as a PDF

Volunteer Celebration and Recruitment Event at Devon Heritage Centre

Monday, 16 November 2015, 14:00 - 16:00
Devon Heritage Centre

This event may be of interest to anyone who might want to get involved with volunteering for the Devon Archives and Local Studies Service.

Devon History Society WG Hoskins Book Awards 2015

The Devon History Society WG Hoskins Book Awards for 2015 have been made to Mark Stoyle for Water in the City: The Aqueducts and Underground Passages of Exeter, Nicholas Orme for The Churches of Medieval Exeter, and Malcom Walker and David Davies for Heavenly Harmony: Organs and Organists of Exeter Cathedral.

See below for the full details or as a PDF here:

The Joyce Youings Memorial Lecture in Early Modern History 2015

The Joyce Youings Memorial Lecture in Early Modern History 2015

18:30, Thursday, 5 November 2015
Amory Moot Room

Prof. Mark Stoyle will speak on 'The South Western Rebellion of 1549 Revisited'.

Contact Henry French:

Please see the flyer:

The Devon Historian, Volume 84, 2015

The Devon Historian, Volume 84, 2015 is now in print. See the Journal page for general contents. Since Volume 82, we have been publishing full abstracts of our journal articles.