The Great War: Stephen Reynolds in Sidmouth

The Great War: Stephen Reynolds in Sidmouth was a talk by Dr Nigel Hyman for the Sid Vale Association on Wed 19 Nov, exploring the little-known contribution of Reynolds (best known for his autobiographical account of Sidmouth fisher-folk, A Poor Man's House) to the organisation of the inshore fishing industry during World War One.We're retaining the news post for its general background on Reynolds and his works.

Devon and Cornwall Record Society

The Devon and Cornwall Record Society announces its new website. Founded in 1904, the Society's aim is to transcribe and publish local records, and to promote local historical studies and genealogical research.

DHS: The Devon Historian, Volume 83, 2014

The Devon Historian, Volume 83, 2014 is now in print. See the Journal page for general contents. Since Volume 82, we have been publishing full abstracts of our journal articles.

DHS - Annual Report 2014

The Devon History Society's 2014 AGM was held on 11th October, and Philipppe Planel presented the Annual Report. For the first time this was produced as a written report rather than remarks on the day, and we are publishing it as it may be of general interest in the light of the Society's new developments over the past year.

DHS - Annual General Meeting 2014

The 2014 Annual General Meeting was held on 11th October We are pleased to announce that Viv Styles has been elected as the new Secretary for the Society. We also had an election for three vacancies on the Council. Jane Bliss (Editor, The Devon Historian) and Dr Todd Gray were re-elected and Martin Smith was elected as a new Council member/Trustee following the resignation of Gerald Quinn, who was thanked by the Chairman for his sterling service to Council over a number of years. Click to read our Annual Report.

Sandford Orleigh: conservation talk, 17 Oct

Newton Abbot Museum has a forthcoming talk on 17th October - Timber Conservation: a case study and more - on the on the conservation of the Sandford Orleigh screen - a Tudor carved-oak screen, said to be one of the best in the country, incorporated as a fireplace surround in a 19th century mansion. The talk is organised by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) in association with Newton Abbot Museum's 'Heart of Oak' project.

Bracton exhibition: Exeter Cathedral 22 Sep - 4 Oct

Bracton: Making Laws in Medieval Devon is a forthcoming exhibition showcasing the life and work of the 13th century jurist Henry de Bratton, now remembered for Treatise on the Laws and Customs of England, now called 'Bracton'. The exhibit will be in Exeter Cathedral Library and Archives (free admission) from 22nd-26th September, and in the North Quire Aisle from 29th September - 4th October.

HA Plymouth: 2014-15 programme

The Historical Association, Plymouth Branch, has sent us its 2014-15 programme of talks. Not all the topics are explicitly Devon-related, but they will be of interest to many DHS members with a general interest in history.

Otter Valley: heritage nominations sought

The Otter Valley Association (OVA) has launched a new project to list and research local heritage features in the Lower Otter Valley, and is seeking nominations and volunteers. The project covers Budleigh Salterton, and the parishes of East Budleigh, Otterton, Colaton Raleigh and Newton Poppleford. It is being launched during Heritage Open Days with a Local Heritage Walk around Otterton on 14 September 2014 at 11 am.