Devon Parish Taxpayers, 1500 - 1650, Bere Ferrers to Chudleigh

The Devon & Cornwall Record Society are publishing the second volume, in a series, of parish rates of Devon.

For further details and an order form see the flyer:

Devon History News, Issue 18, August 2016

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

Devon History News 18, August 2016 (PDF format).

The Joyce Youings Memorial Lecture in Early Modern History 2016

18:30, Thursday, 3 November 2016
Amory Moot Room, Exeter University

Dr.Todd Gray MBE with speak on 'Carving Out the Renaissance in Devon'. The lecture will look at the development of Renaissance imagery in domestic and ecclesiastical buildings through the sixteenth century.

Contact Henry French:

Please see the flyer:

Glove Stories

Glove Stories - is a series of short films about the glove industry in North Devon which resulted from the Glove Stories project - recording oral history about the glove industry in north Devon.

Archaeological Finds from Shipwrecks in Devon

Lympstone History Society are presenting a talk by Charlotte Coles, on Wednesday 21st September, 2016, starting at 7.30pm in the Methodist Hall, Chapel Road, Lympstone.

Entry is £3.50 for LHS members, and £4 for non-members, entry includes refreshments, provided after the talk.

Dawlish History Day

Dawlish Local History Group are joining forces with Dawlish Museum for another Dawlish History Day, a free exhibition at the Strand Centre, Dawlish on Saturday 10th September 10.30-4.30pm.

South West Heritage Trust On-Line Catalogue

A new on-line catalogue for Devon’s archives was launched during July, by the South West Heritage Trust, giving access to 500,000 catalogue entries. It can be viewed at:

Record-Keeping Service of the Year

In May this year, the South West Heritage Trust was nominated by the Friends of Devon’s Archives, chaired by Dr Ian Mortimer, to receive the award for Record-Keeping Service of the Year. The award is  made by the Archives and Records Association, the main professional body for archivists and records managers in the UK. This is the award’s inaugural year and the competition was very strong.

It was announced on Friday that the Trust has received the award, which is specifically in respect of all the work done at the Devon Archives and Local Studies Service since the vesting of the Trust. It is a great tribute to the Devon staff, led by Janet Tall and Irene Andrews, and to the transformation of the service that is now making such impressive progress.

See here for the nomination submitted by the Friends of Devon’s Archives.

See here for the ARA announcement of the award.

Wimborne History Festival

The exciting new Wimborne History Festival on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th July is fast approaching.   With living history encampments, thrilling battle re-enactments, dramatic skirmishes and spectacular weapons and artillery demonstrations, this amazing new event is set to inspire and entertain people of all ages.

On the site of Vespasian’s vexillation fort at Lake Gates, just outside Wimborne Minster, the Festival will engage visitors with authentic military and domestic displays, equipment and costume.

Covering multiple centuries the Festival features Roman legionaries, officers, doctors, midwives, gladiators, and of course slaves, from the Legio Secunda Augusta, one of the country’s leading re-enactment groups.