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.

WW1 Woolsfardisworthy West remembers, 20 Sep

WW1 Woolsfardisworthy West remembers is a day of of events and displays, starting at 11am on Saturday 20th September, commemorating those of the parishes of Clovelly, Woolsery and Bucks Mills who served in World War One. Beginning with commemoratives walks, a service at All Hallows and a parade, the day continues with tilemaking, crafts and other activities, with guest historians Bill O'Donnell and Ian Arnold.

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.

The Marriage Bed of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York, Exeter Cathedral, 27 Sep

The Marriage Bed of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York is a forthcoming talk by the architectural historian Dr Jonathan Foyle in Exeter Cathedral Chapter House at 7.30pm, Saturday 27th September. Dr Foyle will give an account of his research into this elaborately-carved "very curious piece of furniture" that appeared in a Chester auction house in 2010. There is free admission for the first ten DHS members who book.

Heritage Open Days: 11-14 Sep

Just a reminder that the 2014 Heritage Open Days take place shortly: a once-a-year chance to visit, free of charge, buildings and other historic locations that are normally not open to the public or charge for admission.

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.

Otter Valley: heritage nominations sought

The Otter Valley Association (OVA) has launched a new project to list and research local heritage features in the Lower Otter Valley, and is seeking nominations and volunteers. The project covers Budleigh Salterton, and the parishes of East Budleigh, Otterton, Colaton Raleigh and Newton Poppleford. It is being launched during Heritage Open Days with a Local Heritage Walk around Otterton on 14 September 2014 at 11 am.

Devon Festival of Remembrance, 6 Nov

The Royal British Legion of Devon's annual Festival of Remembrance takes place in the Great Hall, University of Exeter, on the evening of Thursday 6th November. The local historian Dr Todd Gray MBE is the guest speaker.