The International Agatha Christie Festival 2015


Torquay will be marking this year’s 125th anniversary of Dame Agatha Christie’s birth in the town on 15 September 1890 with an international festival celebrating the Queen of Crime’s life, literature and legacy and offering a choice of more than 100 events.

The festival’s main venue will be historic Torre Abbey, Torquay, TQ2 5JE, UK, where a single ticket price of £7.50 will grant admission to many free attractions, including the Book Tent, pop-up performances and daily readings by the festival’s resident company of actor-musicians and an exhibition of previously unpublished photographs from the Christie family’s private collections.

Other host venues will include The Grand Hotel, where Agatha Christie honeymooned; The Imperial Hotel, where the author often took tea; Oddicombe Beach, the Little Theatre, and Greenway, near Brixham, where Agatha Christie spent nearly every summer from 1938 until her death in 1976.

For full programme details, including venues, ticket prices and bookings, please see:

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Napoleon & Plymouth: 1815 | 2015

Saturday, 5 September 2015

A day of public talks on the international context, the local impact and images, and memory.

Theatre 2, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University

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'Of making many books there is no end'

Lecture and seminar on the Bibliography of Devon, Past, Present and Future, by
Ian Maxted

28 July 2015
Exeter Central Library

Please see the flyer:

Ray Girvan

We sadly announce the death, on Tuesday, 30th June, of Ray Girvan who was for many years the DHS webmaster. His funeral will be at 2.30 on Thursday, 16th July at Exeter Crematorium.

Our thoughts are with Ray's family.

Ray's health had been failing for some time and Ray and his successor, Martin Smith, had worked closely together in recent months to ensure a smooth handover of the web site. Ray's contributions to the website and his ultra rapid response to requests to upload new material were legendary.

Ray had recently been awarded life membership of the DHS as a token of the society's appreciation of his work. Ray never courted publicity but was always present in the background. He will be sorely missed.

Saving a Century - Photographic Exhibition

The Victorian Society are presenting a photographic exhibition, Saving a Century, curated by noted
architectural historian Gavin Stamp, which will be on show, free of charge, in Paignton Library and Information Centre, Great Western Road, Paignton, TR4 5AG from 30 June – 29 July (Monday to Saturday, 10.00 - 4.00, except Wednesday afternoons).
See the flyer here.

Jane Shore (1915 BFI Silent film) + Laura Rossi new score performed live by Orchestra Celeste

A unique opportunity to watch Jane Shore - a 100 year old British Film Institute silent film made at Ealing Studios (the first British Epic film) with a new live musical score in Exeter and Teignmouth.

Film composer Laura Rossi returns to Devon for 2 dates of her tour of the BFI silent 1915 film Jane Shore.  She will be performing her new score, commissioned for the film's centenary, live with film along with her ensemble Orchestra Celeste.

Stone Circle at Sittaford Tor, Dartmoor

A stone circle was 'discovered' on Dartmoor in 2007 by an independent academic researcher, Alan Endacott.  It is the first to have been reported in over a century.  The location is 300m SW of Sittaford Tor.

The set of stones - at least 4,000 years old - is the highest in southern England and the second-largest on Dartmoor.

War Memorials - How Will We Remember Them?

Help us to preserve the memory of those who gave so much to protect our nation in wartime.

Take action and take part in a project of national significance to identify, protect and conserve the nation’s war memorials.

Please sign up here to register for the Plymouth Workshop and we will send you more information.

Devon history: a personal compendium

Ray Girvan writes: "Having run the Devon History Society website for nearly 15 years - I hadn't realised it had been so long - I think it's well overdue for new blood, and as of this week I retire officially from the post. During that time, and especially since 2010, I find I've also written more articles than I realised on Devon history topics for my own weblog. DHS site readers may find this compendium of interest."

Political Research and Archives Workshop

Monday, 11 May 2015, 10:00-13:00

Devon Heritage Centre, Bittern Rd, Exeter, EX2 7NL.

As part of the From the Grassroots project, the Devon Heritage Centre will be running a free workshop in archival research. This event will be of interest to people considering a career in the archives sector, as well as those who just enjoy researching local/political history.