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.

Holy Trinty Church, Torbryan.

Last week, the beautifully repaired medieval rood screen panels were lovingly returned to their rightful home of Holy Trinty Church in Torbryan.

We are delighted to invite you to Holy Trinity to see the now complete rood screen at our community day, 'Medieval Midsummer' on Saturday 9th July when visitors will enjoy medieval storytellers, music and crafts. New visitor displays telling the story of the rood screen will also be revealed for the first time.

Forgotten Wrecks of the First World War

Forgotten Wrecks of the First World War is a Heritage Lottery funded project run by the Maritime Archaeology Trust that seeks to record the 1,100 First World War shipwrecks off the south coast of England.

In the week commencing 27 June 2016, our team will be working in south Devon, principally on the River Dart and in the local area. While we are there, we will be delivering a free evening talk about the project at Totnes Civic Hall on Wednesday 29th.

A PDF explaining how local history groups can get involved in the project can be found here. The work of the trust also includes research, object recording and fieldwork. As well as doing research remotely, it may also be possible to involve others in some of the activities we are conducting during the week of the 27th. This may include recording fieldwork of hulks on the River Dart and recording artefacts found in museums and private collections that originate from some of the wrecks we are investigating.

See the flyer for more details below:

‘Hand to Hand’ honouring North Devon’s Glove Workers

An innovative art exhibition celebrating one of North Devon’s most important industries opens on 11th June until 30th July 2016 at White Moose in Barnstaple. Once a world centre for glove making in the 19th and early 20th Century, the North Devon glove industry provided employment and craft skills for generations of local families.

In its heyday 200 people were employed at the Pilton factory and 600 at the Vaughan’s factory in Torrington plus many more outworkers at home. But with local factories now closed this important part of North Devon’s heritage is in danger of being forgotten.

“I have always been fascinated by local industrial heritage, so was delighted when local ceramic artist Sue Rossiter approached us to be involved with her Hand to Hand project and exhibition,” says Stella Levy, who co owns White Moose.

Sue’s research made me realise what a significant impact glove making had in this area and the sheer amount of workers (mainly women) who were employed in this industry. It must have caused great hardship on families when the many glove factories were eventually closed down and I am interested in seeing the forthcoming glovers’ film interviews of living glove makers talking about their experiences of working in these factories.”

The Hand to Hand project pays tribute to these glove workers with ceramic artwork inspired by the glove production process, equipment and machinery of the time and combining stitch-like mark-making, leather-like surface qualities and colours developed from local earth pigments.


Glove Industry Talks:
Wednesday, 15 June, 6:30 pm, Free. Great Torrington Heritage Museum

Wednesday, 27th July 6.30pm, £5 per person including a refreshment. White Moose

Ex-Glover Memory Box Art Workshops:
Saturday, 18 June & Saturday, 30 July, 10:30 am – 5 pm, Free, Sandy Brown Museum Appledore (A former glove factory)

Local Glovers’ Stories Film Screening:
Thursday, 14 Jul, 6:30 pm, £5 per person incl refreshment, White Moose

Hand to Hand has been made possible with; public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, funding from The Craft Pottery Association, The Elmgrant Trust, The Old Glove Factory Development Ltd and Mazzard Investments Limited and support from partners: The Sandy Brown Museum, Torrington Museum and White Moose.

For gallery opening times, event information and booking details visit: whitemoose.co.uk or email: info@whitemoose.co.uk

See the exhibition flyer below:

Community Event to Collect Glove Maker's Stories

To coincide with Bideford Heritage Day on Saturday, 2 July 2016, The Burton Art Gallery &
Museum will be hosting a free event to collect stories about the glove industry in north Devon for a new series of short films.

Glove Stories is the latest project from community film makers North Devon Moving Image to collect and preserve  valuable first hand accounts of life in north Devon.

Gloving was an important industry for centuries with factories in Appledore, Bideford, Great Torrington and Pilton in Barnstaple as well  being a source of income for many home workers.  The industry came to an end in 2006 when the last factory closed its doors for the final time.

Terry Priscott a former glove worker who runs the The North Devon Glove Industry History Page on Facebook says "It was once North Devon's biggest employer. If you are local to the area, particularly Great Torrington, it is highly likely that some of your ancestors worked in the glove industry!  Gloving is an important part of north Devon's heritage but there are currently no books or other information available on it."

NDMI's Glove Stories project aims to set this right by recording personal reminiscences from those who were associated with north Devon's glove industry and use them to produce a series of short films.  The films will be free to watch via NDMI's website and at The Burton Art Gallery & Museum.  There will also be a screeening of the series at White Moose Gallery in Barnstaple to complement the Hand to Hand exhibition by local artist Sue on 14 July.

Amanda McCormack, Creative Director of North Devon Moving Image says "We are inviting people to come along to the Burton on Saturday 2 July to share their Glove Stories either by interview on camera or by writing anecdotes on our Glove Stories memory cards.  It would be great to see some old photographs and artefacts too."

The event runs from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 2 July at The Burton Art Gallery and Museum in Bideford.  For more information or to offer help volunteering on the day please contact Amanda McCormack on 01271 860610 or email northdevonmovingimage@outlook.com.

This community project has been made possible with funding from The Bideford Bridge Trust and Torridge Councillor Peter Christie.

Exeter Tree Tales

Over the summer, Common Ground will be gathering stories and memories about the trees of Exeter, and we wondered whether you might be able to help. We're looking for folklore, history, stories, artwork, observations and memories relating to the trees of Exeter. Are there trees that matter to you, or to Exeter? Where are they? What's their story? And why do they matter? We want to collect the big stories as well as the little stories, the historically important as well as the personal and intimate. When we've gathered everything together, we will be launching a map and a book of the stories and artwork we have gathered.

On the website you'll find further competitions for photography and poetry, and we will be looking for volunteers to help gather information around Exeter.

Exeter Tree Tales website: www.commonground.org.uk/exeter-tree-tales/

Wembury Local History Society

There are a great many old photographs of Wembury dating from the 1880s to the Second World War but there are very few post WW2 photos in our archive.

Wembury Local History Society are holding a Photo Day on Saturday, 14 May 2016 from 10:30 - 16:30 at Wembury Village Hall.

There will be an exhibition of old photographs of Wembury with a collection of booklets on local history and a continuous slideshow of old photographs. We will have several scanners and cameras and we hope people will bring photographs of post WW2 Wembury which we can duplicate for the archives.

For more information go to the website at:
or our Facebook page at:

Devon & Cornwall Record Society AGM & Conference




AGM & Conference


Devon & Cornwall Record Society

Great Hall, Exeter Guildhall

Saturday, 25 June 2016







Presentation of the two volumes of Elizabethan Inventories and Wills of the Exeter Orphans’ Court to Lord Mayor (Lord Mayor’s Parlour)


Lunch (members may have their own lunch in the hall or visit one of the many cafes nearby)


Professor Jane Whittle

'The House as a Place of Work in Seventeenth-Century England'


Dr Todd Gray MBE

`Church Ales & Parish Rates: Puritans and the Rise of Taxation in Devon, 1500-1650’






To book for the Conference please send a cheque for £5.00 made payable to THE DEVON & CORNWALL RECORD SOCIETY to Taddyforde House South, Taddyforde Estate, New North Road, Exeter EX4 4AT