DHS: The Devon Historian, Volume 83, 2014

The Devon Historian, Volume 83, 2014 is now in print. See the Journal page for general contents. Since Volume 82, we have been publishing full abstracts of our journal articles.

DHS - Annual Report 2014

The Devon History Society's 2014 AGM was held on 11th October, and Philipppe Planel presented the Annual Report. For the first time this was produced as a written report rather than remarks on the day, and we are publishing it as it may be of general interest in the light of the Society's new developments over the past year.

DHS - Annual General Meeting 2014

The 2014 Annual General Meeting was held on 11th October We are pleased to announce that Viv Styles has been elected as the new Secretary for the Society. We also had an election for three vacancies on the Council. Jane Bliss (Editor, The Devon Historian) and Dr Todd Gray were re-elected and Martin Smith was elected as a new Council member/Trustee following the resignation of Gerald Quinn, who was thanked by the Chairman for his sterling service to Council over a number of years. Click to read our Annual Report.

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).

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.

Sandford Orleigh: conservation talk, 17 Oct

Newton Abbot Museum has a forthcoming talk on 17th October - Timber Conservation: a case study and more - on the on the conservation of the Sandford Orleigh screen - a Tudor carved-oak screen, said to be one of the best in the country, incorporated as a fireplace surround in a 19th century mansion. The talk is organised by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) in association with Newton Abbot Museum's 'Heart of Oak' project.

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.

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.

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.