The Friends of Hoar Oak Cottage

The Friends of Hoar Oak Cottage is a new affiliate to the Devon History Society. It's a community association set up in 2010 to to collect, archive and make accessible the history and heritage of Hoar Oak Cottage - a remote Exmoor farmstead now conserved as a stablised ruin - and the shepherd families who once lived and worked there.

Devon Garden History Forum: 21st March

Further to discussions in 2014 (see Interested in Garden History? - Devon History News #14), the Devon Gardens Trust and Devon History Society are hosting an inaugural conference of the Devon Garden History Forum, at The Mint, Exeter, on Saturday 21st March 2015. The keynote speaker is Tim Richardson, garden writer, historian and critic, who will give a talk on his recent book The New English Garden. The event is open to non-members.

Kenton Past & Present Society: 2015 Programme

Exeter War Hospitals Project
The Kenton Past & Present Society has sent us its 2015 programme: an interesting line-up of topics including Exeter war hospitals and mental health in World War 1; Dumnonia in the 'Dark Ages'; the social history of women's life in the late medieval and and early modern period; the industrial history of Countess Wear; and a visit to the newly-refurnished St Nicholas Priory.

New Researchers in Devon History

A conference jointly organised between the Devon History Society & the History Section of the Devonshire Association

22 June 2015: The Searchroom, Devon Heritage Centre, Sowton, Exeter

For the full programme

Harberton and Harbertonford: early 2015 meetings

The Harberton and Harbertonford History Society has sent us the address of its new website and its events for early 2015.

Historical Association Plymouth Branch - Talks Programme Winter/Spring 2015

Please see the attached programme of events for the forthcoming season of History Talks. These are presented in a joint collaboration with the History Department at the University of Plymouth.

Devon History Society - Outline Programme 2015

The full programme with booking forms will be included in the next issue of Devon History News, which will be sent to members in early February 2015.

March 9, 2015 - From the Grassroots: An Oral History of Community Politics in Devon. Joint meeting with the Parliamentary History Group, speaker - Dr. Kayleigh Milden. (Devon Heritage Centre, Sowton).

March 21, 2015 - Devon Garden History Forum. All day event on the history of Devon gardens. (Mint Methodist Conference Centre, Exeter). See detailed post for programme and booking form.

Exmouth Historical & Archaeological Society: 2015 programme

Detail of "Exmouth from Cockwood", Frederick John Widgery
from Devon: its Moorlands, Streams & Coasts (Lady Rosalind Northcote, 1908)
The Exmouth Historical & Archaeological Society has sent us news of its 2015-16 programme, which begins with a talk on March 2nd: The history of Exeter cathedral, part 2, 1326-? - speaker: John Allan, cathedral archaeologist.

Renaissance in Devon - Woodcarving: 24 Apr

The Renaissance in Devon: understanding local wood carvings and their makers is a forthcoming conference at the Avenue Methodist Church Hall, Newton Abbot, on 24 April 2015, jointly organised by the Museum and the History Section of the Devonshire Association. With the completion of a Museums Heritage Lottery conservation project to conserve the 16th century and later Sandford Orleigh carvings, this conference has been organised to create greater access to the understanding of the Renaissance in the South West.

Devon Rural Archive: Evening Lecture Programme 2015

The Devon Rural Archive has sent us its evening lecture programme for 2015. All events are held at the DRA in the grounds of Shilstone House near Modbury at 7pm: all welcome, admission £5. The first event is a talk on 5th February by Andrew Thompson, archaeologist and historian: Tavistock: a thousand years of history.