This event is a whole day conference to be held in collaboration with the British Association for Local History at the University of Exeter. It offers anyone interested in the history of Devon a unique opportunity to hear academics from a variety of universities (including the Society’s current President, Professor Mark Brayshay, and its past President Dr Bruce Coleman) discussing the nature of governance in Devon from the Normans to the twentieth century. If you have every wanted to know the historical context of who held power in Devon and how they exercised it, and how the relationship between the county and the other powerbrokers, such as the King, Parliament and the Church varied over the centuries, this is your opportunity to find out. The conference concludes with case studies taken from the history of Devon including Dr Tom Greeves on ‘The Great Courts or Parliaments of Devon Tinners’, Mike Sampson on ‘The Rotten Borough of Tiverton’, and Dr Julia Neville on ‘The Queen of St. Budeaux, and Other Early Women Councillors in Plymouth’. On the afternoon before the conference, on April 28th, there will be a chance to visit Exeter Cathedral Library and to view some of its treasures with an expert guide – numbers are limited.