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:


Devon History News, Issue 15, February 2015

The fifteenth issue of Devon History News, the newsletter of the
Devon History Society, is now in print or available here:

Devon History News 15, February 2015 (PDF format).

For a list of contents:

Obituary: Professor Ivan Roots

The DHS is sorry to announce the death of a former society President, the eminent historian Professor Ivan Roots, who died on Sunday 8 February at the age of 93. Born in Maidstone, Professor Roots arrived in the University of Exeter in 1967 and took up what was the second Chair in History.  He had just written The Great Rebellion, which became the standard textbook on the English Civil War, and was for many years one of the university’s best known academics across the country.  He was President of the Devonshire Association in 2004, and President of the Devon History Society from 1989 to 1993.

Major Roman cemetery found at Ipplepen

Breaking news from the University of Exeter: "15 ancient skeletons have been discovered on an archaeological dig in Ipplepen, a major Romano-British settlement in Devon and now the best preserved Roman cemetery. University of Exeter archaeologists and a team of students and volunteers uncovered the human remains during an excavation of a Roman Road and found a roadside cemetery, the like of which has never been seen in the region". See Skeletons uncovered at Ipplepen reveals major Roman cemetery for more information.

Tavistock: Thorington Archive on Facebook

ITV News reports that the Thorington Archive - a collection of nearly 80,000 photos by the Tavistock press photographer Jim Thorington - is being uploaded to Facebook. Taken in the 1960s to 1990s, the collection was donated to the Tavistock and District Local History Society after Thorington's death. It's now being digitised by Tavistock Museum, which is uploading the photos in aid of help identifying the people and scenes in the images.