New Historical Information Panel Unveiling

24 May 2015, 14:00
An invitation to the unveiling of the new Historical Information Panel at the Mint Methodist Church, Exeter.

East Dartmoor History Association - research course

East Dartmoor History Association (EDHA) has sent us details of its forthcoming course on research methods, to be held at Bovey Tracey Library over summer 2015. EDHA is a voluntary group which was set up to address the problems that relative beginners have in approaching the subject of Local History research.
The South West Heritage Trust shared with its Advisory Forum an update of its progress since it was formed last November and have agreed that this can be made available to others who are interested.  This is attached here. If anyone has any queries to raise through the Advisory Forum please contact Julia Neville (see contact section of website).

The Trust do now have their own website, .  This is very much under development at the moment so any feedback you have on its content and user-friendliness will be welcomed.

Save North Devon Record Office

Urgent response needed by Friday 10th April please! 

Devon County Council have recently applied to their own Planning Officers for a Change of Use at the Library and Record Office, Barnstaple from D1 Non- residential institutions to mixed use D1 and B1a Offices. The original application and associated plans contained many errors and misrepresentations too numerous to list here but including the statement that the Local Studies Centre, of which the Record Office is a part, was already housed on the first floor, not the second floor as is the case, together with a floor plan re-labelled to show this as the existing situation.

Huguenot Summer

Huguenot Summer runs from May to September and is designed to highlight the contribution that Huguenots (French Protestants) made to this country.  The first Huguenot museum will open in Rochester Kent in May and it will end with the Duke of Buccleuch’s exhibition at Boughton House.  

Throughout the summer, we, the Huguenots of Spitalfields have organised over a hundred events in most of the towns where the Huguenots settled.  Our website is and our patron is the Bishop of London.

Poltimore Village on the Eve of the First World War

Saturday, 25 Apr 2015

An exhibition of research and maps of Poltimore Parish (as it was in 1910).  Learn about the houses in the village and the families who lived there.

Members of the Poltimore Estate Research Society (PERS) will give brief talks about life in the village.

All are welcome see more here.

Poltimore House Chapel

10:30 – 12:30

The Shakespeare Authorship Question

Thu 23 April 2015, 19:30pm, Exeter Cathedral (£9.00)

Dr Ian Mortimer (author of the bestselling Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England') gives the first presentation of his new paper The Shakespeare Authorship Debate and Historical Responsibility, on the anniversary of the Bard's death (and accepted birth).

For more information and to book click here

Exe Heritage Leaflet

The Exe Estuary Management Partnership have created a new leaflet which is available as a hard copy from tourist information centres and other outlets such as the RSPB shop at Darts Farm and Powderham Castle.

Starcross History

Monica Lang has sent us news of Starcross History, a newly-formed group for Starcross, on the west shore of the Exe Estuary: a village whose history goes back at least to the 12th century and the now-lost 'Stairs Cross', later notable as a key station on Brunel's Atmospheric Railway and as the birthplace of mariner, shipowner and inventor Captain George Peacock.

Aerial film reveals Torre chapel site

A drone movie commissioned by Torbay Council provides a spectacular overview of the Council's woodland management work at the hitherto-obscured site of St Michael's Chapel, a 13th century chapel on a crag of limestone above Torre Station and the main Newton Abbot Road, Torbay.

Over the previous century, the site at Chapel Woods has become heavily overgrown with non-native holm oaks at the expense of native broadleaf woodland.