Community Event to Collect Glove Maker's Stories

To coincide with Bideford Heritage Day on Saturday, 2 July 2016, The Burton Art Gallery &
Museum will be hosting a free event to collect stories about the glove industry in north Devon for a new series of short films.

Glove Stories is the latest project from community film makers North Devon Moving Image to collect and preserve  valuable first hand accounts of life in north Devon.

Gloving was an important industry for centuries with factories in Appledore, Bideford, Great Torrington and Pilton in Barnstaple as well  being a source of income for many home workers.  The industry came to an end in 2006 when the last factory closed its doors for the final time.

Terry Priscott a former glove worker who runs the The North Devon Glove Industry History Page on Facebook says "It was once North Devon's biggest employer. If you are local to the area, particularly Great Torrington, it is highly likely that some of your ancestors worked in the glove industry!  Gloving is an important part of north Devon's heritage but there are currently no books or other information available on it."

NDMI's Glove Stories project aims to set this right by recording personal reminiscences from those who were associated with north Devon's glove industry and use them to produce a series of short films.  The films will be free to watch via NDMI's website and at The Burton Art Gallery & Museum.  There will also be a screeening of the series at White Moose Gallery in Barnstaple to complement the Hand to Hand exhibition by local artist Sue on 14 July.

Amanda McCormack, Creative Director of North Devon Moving Image says "We are inviting people to come along to the Burton on Saturday 2 July to share their Glove Stories either by interview on camera or by writing anecdotes on our Glove Stories memory cards.  It would be great to see some old photographs and artefacts too."

The event runs from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 2 July at The Burton Art Gallery and Museum in Bideford.  For more information or to offer help volunteering on the day please contact Amanda McCormack on 01271 860610 or email

This community project has been made possible with funding from The Bideford Bridge Trust and Torridge Councillor Peter Christie.

Exeter Tree Tales

Over the summer, Common Ground will be gathering stories and memories about the trees of Exeter, and we wondered whether you might be able to help. We're looking for folklore, history, stories, artwork, observations and memories relating to the trees of Exeter. Are there trees that matter to you, or to Exeter? Where are they? What's their story? And why do they matter? We want to collect the big stories as well as the little stories, the historically important as well as the personal and intimate. When we've gathered everything together, we will be launching a map and a book of the stories and artwork we have gathered.

On the website you'll find further competitions for photography and poetry, and we will be looking for volunteers to help gather information around Exeter.

Exeter Tree Tales website:

Wembury Local History Society

There are a great many old photographs of Wembury dating from the 1880s to the Second World War but there are very few post WW2 photos in our archive.

Wembury Local History Society are holding a Photo Day on Saturday, 14 May 2016 from 10:30 - 16:30 at Wembury Village Hall.

There will be an exhibition of old photographs of Wembury with a collection of booklets on local history and a continuous slideshow of old photographs. We will have several scanners and cameras and we hope people will bring photographs of post WW2 Wembury which we can duplicate for the archives.

For more information go to the website at: 
or our Facebook page at:

Devon & Cornwall Record Society AGM & Conference




AGM & Conference


Devon & Cornwall Record Society

Great Hall, Exeter Guildhall

Saturday, 25 June 2016







Presentation of the two volumes of Elizabethan Inventories and Wills of the Exeter Orphans’ Court to Lord Mayor (Lord Mayor’s Parlour)


Lunch (members may have their own lunch in the hall or visit one of the many cafes nearby)


Professor Jane Whittle

'The House as a Place of Work in Seventeenth-Century England'


Dr Todd Gray MBE

`Church Ales & Parish Rates: Puritans and the Rise of Taxation in Devon, 1500-1650’






To book for the Conference please send a cheque for £5.00 made payable to THE DEVON & CORNWALL RECORD SOCIETY to Taddyforde House South, Taddyforde Estate, New North Road, Exeter EX4 4AT







Somerset Day

To celebrate Somerset Day on Wednesday,11 May 2016 the South West Heritage Trust is holding two special events:

Exhibition: Somerset Archive Treasures from Devon at St James Church

Venue: St. James Church, Taunton

Time: 10:00 - 16:00

Cost: Free entry, just drop-in

Talk: Treasures of the Museum of Somerset

Venue: The Museum of Somerset

Time: 14:30

Cost: £5.00, booking required

See the web site here for full details.

Teign Valley Tales

The Teign Valley History Group announces the release of its first book.

Teign Valley Tales will be launched at a gathering at The Artichoke Inn in Christow on Thursday, 19 May 2016, at 19:00.

The book contains the memories of people who have lived their lives in the Valley and recorded over the last 5 years by Graham Thompson revealing details of living before electricity, piped mains water and drainage were available, when boys had to climb a hill to collect water for the school and when paraffin for lamps was delivered weekly by lorry.

The stories are a fascinating insight into life of yesteryear.

Containing over 240 pages and costing just £9.99 the books will also be available from Valley village shops afterwards.

For further details, contact Graham Thompson on 01647 253145

Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery Local Studies Day 2016

Saturday, 7 May 2016
9:00 - 16:30

The Robbins Conference Centre,
Plymouth University,
Gibbon Street,

Come to this popular day of talks and presentations that celebrate the history of Plymouth and the surrounding area.

The programme for this year includes:

  • New Research on Viking Activities in the South-West by Derek Gore, Honorary Fellow at the University of Exeter
  • The Tudor Cattewater Wreck: Recent investigations into finds and dating by Martin Read, Lecturer in Maritime Archaeology at Plymouth University
  • Unpacking 'The Spice Box': How performance can help us understand history by Playwright Jon Nash and actors from The Barbican Theatre
  • Popular Revolt and Taxation in Plymouth and Devon, 1550 to 1640 by Todd Gray, Research Fellow at the University of Exeter
  • Dead Interesting: Victors and Victims of War by Dr Ian Hodgins
  • Plymouth Past on Film: ‘Plymouth Beats’ by Stacey Anderson from the South West Film and Television Archive and Colette Hobbs from the South West Image Bank
  • Updates on future projects for Libraries, Museums and the Plymouth and West Devon Record Office

Tickets are £12 per person. Optional lunch tickets are also available priced at £10 per person.
Purchase them online now from eventbrite or by calling the City Museum and Art Gallery on 01752 304774.

The booking deadline is 12:00 on Friday, 29 April 2016.

Dartmoor Tin-working Research Group Exhibition

The Dartmoor Tin-working Research Group have a new exhibition at the High Moorland Visitor Centre, Princetown.

The Brimpts Tin Mines Trail has also had a revamp, it is open all day, every day - and a new trail guide has been published.