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.

Bovey Tracey Heritage Centre

The Bovey Tracey Heritage Trust, a new DHS-affiliated society, has sent us details of its history and activities. Since April 2014, the society has been based in new premises - Bovey Tracey Heritage Centre, The Old Railway Station, St John's Lane, Bovey Tracey - where it operates a museum of Bovey Tracey's history.

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.

Devon History News, issue 14, August 2014

The fourteenth issue of Devon History News, the newsletter of the Devon History Society, is now in print or available here:
Devon History News 14, August 2014 (PDF format). The format has been somewhat revised, with considerably more full-colour content, and the articles reflect the Devon History Society's increasing interest in 'outreach' to connect those with a research interest.

How farmers fed the nation

Farming and the First World War is a National Farmers' Union publication that investigates the impact that the Great War had on British farming families. WW1 required radical changes in agricultural production in a Britain that was only 40% self-sufficient, due to decades of free trade policies; the NFU tells the story in a 16-page electronic edition and an associated video.

DHS AGM and First World War Conference, 11th Oct

‘The Cruellest and Most Terrible War that has ever scourged Mankind’ is the theme of the DHS Annual Conference, held after the AGM at the University of Exeter on Saturday 11th October 2014. The event is open to DHS members, their guests, and members of affiliate societies; the programme and booking details are now online.

SW Lakes Trust: Historical Walks

The South West Lakes Trust are putting on a series of walks at the Kennick, Tottiford and Trenchford lakes, eastern Dartmoor, of which two have a historical focus: Archaeology at Tottiford: Why did Time Team visit Tottiford in 2010 and what did they find? (Saturday 30 August) and Clampitts graveyard: An insight into the local Quakers (Sunday 21 September).

WEA: Introduction to Heritage, Exeter, Summer 2014

A Workers' Educational Assocation (WEA) course - Heritage Project: An Introduction to Heritage - runs from August 4th at Bradninch Court, Exeter. "Devon; inhabited by humans for circa 8,000 years. This course will introduce you to the county's history, the social context of the WEA in Devon, and some sources and methods and for further research".

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.