History Section


Richard Hooker,
Exeter Cathedral Green
Photo: Antony T. Buller

The History Section of the Devonshire Association can trace its beginning in the 1930 edition of the Transactions in a report from the Parochial History Section. The History Section was officially formed on 31 October 1919 with 97 members.

More recent years have seen the Section organise a range of talks and presentations. Some of these have been fairly academic while many have provided a general background with topics on various aspects of Devon’s history. There have also been visits to places of historical interest and social events. During the past two years several events have been organised with the help of the Devon Heritage Centre, now the South West Heritage Trust.

The Section is currently seeking to respond to the challenge brought about by changes in the wider community. To meet these challenges, the Section is looking to work more closely with other DA sections and branches as well as like-minded organisations in Devon. We look forward to increasing our membership by holding more events across the county with the objective of engaging with local knowledge.


Chairman: Derek Smithers

Honorary Secretary: Irene Derczynska
Honorary Treasurer: Lorna Richer

Committee Member: Pat Bonning-Snook
Committee Member: Robert Simmons
Committee Member: Grayham Kent
Committee Member: John Whitton


See a list of upcoming events organised by this section.

It’s also possible to review the Section’s past events.

Section postings

The following pages were written and are maintained by the Section itself.

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