World of Work 1914-18, 9 Aug, Exeter

World of Work 1914-18 - Working Lives in Exeter is a free day event exploring working lives in Exeter during World War 1. Presented at Exeter Phoenix on 9th August by trade unions in association with community and local history groups, it includes exhibits, workshops and a series of talks - History in the Black Box - on aspects of Exeter history including the Met Office, hospitals, the Post Office, and social unrest during WW1.

Devonport Guildhall History Evenings, 28-29 Aug

Taking place on Thursday 28th and Friday 29th August, Devonport’s history will be revealed through a guided walking tour of Devonport’s most interesting historical buildings and monuments. The tour will include the Market Hall, St Aubyn’s Church, The Mechanics Institute, Cumberland Green (Piquet Barracks) and Devonport Guildhall. The journey ends with a tour of Devonport Guildhall and an opportunity to climb Devonport Column.

Not Forgotten, Kenton 2-5 Aug

The Kenton Past and Present Society is holding an exhibition, Not Forgotten, commemorating the soldiers and sailors of Kenton who lost their lives as a result of World War One. Part of the wider ‘Devon Remembers’ Project of Devon County Council, Not Forgotten runs from 2-5 Aug, marking the centenary of the outbreak, and will be in All Saints Parish Church, Kenton.

Devon Heather Ale?

Ben Richards has sent us an interesting research request: can any of our readers offer a pointer to researching the history of ale-making in Devon before the introduction of hops to the British Isles? He is particularly interested in any evidence relating to Devon heather ale.

'War Memorial', Lydford and Exeter, Sep 7

The Army's national charity ABF The Soldiers' Charity is hosting events on Sunday 7th September, based on Clive Aslet's book War Memorial, which tells of the people of Lydford commemorated by its war memorial. An afternoon service and wreath-laying at Lydford will be followed by an evening fundraising reception and talk by the author, at the University of Exeter.

The Devon Historian: Volume 82 (2013) abstracts

The Devon Historian: Volume 82 (2013) abstracts
In a departure from the previous format, for Volume 82 we are publishing full abstracts of our journal articles.

‘Forgotten Times – Forgotten Men’, Widecombe, 20 Aug

Widecombe History Group presents two WW1 commemorative events on Wednesday 20th Aug: a free afternoon exhibition of illustrations and research on those in the parish who served; and Forgotten Times – Forgotten Men, an illustrated evening talk by John Ellis on Newton Abbot and District in the Great War, 1914-1919. Both events are in the Memorial Hall, Leusdon.

The Full English

The Full English Digital Archive is a free searchable online archive of early 20th century English folk arts manuscripts. Largely Heritage Lottery funded, it's part of the larger Full English project of the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS),  and went live on 20th June 2014.

Echoes of the Great War, Crediton Museum

Echoes of the Great War is an exhibition commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the First World War and focusing on how it affected people in the Crediton area. It runs until 4:00pm on 24th October (opening times 10 till 4 Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and 10 till 1 on Saturdays).

Future of Devon Heritage Services and the North Devon Record Office: an update

Further to news of plans to amalgamate regional heritage services: Devon County Council have now agreed that Devon Record Office / Heritage Services at Exeter will transfer to the new South West Heritage Trust in September. The future status of the North Devon Record Office, however, remains unclear, so our members will be interested to know of Save North Devon Record Office and Local Studies Centre.