The first issue of Devon History News, the newsletter of the Devon History Society, is now in print or available here: Devon History News 1, February 2008 (PDF format). Edited by Chris Jago, the newsletter is intended as a "need to know" diary of seminars, events and other items of interest - an adjunct to the more in-depth topics of the Journal.
1. Chairman's welcome - from Shirley Purves.
2. Editorial introduction, logo competition.
3. Devon's History and Heritage Online: a web resource that combines historical studies with a wide range of digitised primary sources.
4. Babbacombe and St Marychurch Local History Society - by Michael Brown.
5. A Call to Action! - Support for Plymouth Record Office - by Todd Gray.
6. Living Here West of the Exe: a new RAMM website focusing on the communities of Alphington, Cowick, Exwick and St Thomas - by Sarah Scaife.
8. From our Webmaster - by Sadru Bhanji. Membership subscriptions.
9. The Devon Historian - Future Developments. Let's Talk Devon History.
10. Programme for 2008. Official Society Contacts.
11. Events of other societies.
12. Upcoming out of county events.
Note: this initial issue was scanned from print to PDF as a graphics file, but we hope to provide searchable content if possible.
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Mirna de Ru has recently taken over the running of one of Devon County Council's Outdoor and Environmental Education Centres, The Start Bay Centre, at Slapton. The Centre is housed in a Victorian school building. Ms de Ru hopes that the history of the school can be displayed at the Centre and would welcome hearing from individuals or organisations who can help her throw light this. She can be contacted at The Start Bay Centre, The Old School, Lower Green Cross, Slapton, Devon, TQ7 2RA (tel. 01548 580321 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org). Read more ...
Jennifer Jane Lee, based at the University of Liverpool, is conducting an economic history study involving bilberries (Vaccinium myrtillus) and has so far researched areas of Wales, Cheshire and Lancashire. She would like to hear from any members (especially those of over 60 years of age) who have ever picked bilberries or foraged for other fruits. If you can help, please email Jennifer.Lee@liverpool.ac.uk. Read more ...
Devon's History and Heritage Online (DHHO) is a web resource that combines historical studies of the county and a wide range of digitised primary sources. The project began in January 2007, and is being funded by Devon County Council as part of its Celebrating Devon's Culture strategy. The resource can be used for a range of purposes, such as school-based learning, academic research and family history.
The first place chosen for DHHO was Ilfracombe. The website aims to reflect prominent times and themes in the town’s past, rather than attempting a fully comprehensive survey of its history and heritage. The focus is also on the town and its immediate landscape, rather than the wider civil parish as a whole. A selection of historical sources is included in the website, and these are chosen to help convey that sense of historical Ilfracombe. Visitors to the site are encouraged to comment on individual sources and what they say about the town’s past.
For further information see also: Andrew JH Jackson, ‘On the centenary of the dormancy of the Devon Victoria County History (1906-2006), and new beginnings’, Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries, 40, 1, pp. 1-4. Enquires to: Andrew.Jackson@bishopg.ac.uk
The postcard illustrated is reproduced by permission of the Westcountry Studies Library. Read more ...