158th Annual Conference, Bideford 2020


All DA events up to the end of 2020 have been cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
See our dedicated page for the latest information.


This year’s postponed Annual Conference has been provisionally rescheduled to take place in Bideford from the 4th to the 6th of June 2021.

We are required by our constitution to hold an AGM each year and this year’s was held online by videoconference on Saturday 3 October 2020. See here for details.


John Allan with his
presentation plate

In the unavoidable absence of this year’s conference, our outgoing President, John Allan was given a token of appreciation for the energy, support and enthusiasm he has shown throughout his presidential year.

The plate (click to see a larger version)

The short presentation took place on 4 June outside Exeter Cathedral.

You can read a report here.


The Devonshire Association’s 158th Annual Conference and AGM was due to be held at the Royal Hotel in Bideford from Friday 5 to Sunday 7 June 2020.

Bideford Quay
Photo: Tony Buller

Before the cancellation, our Chair, Dr Sue Andrew wrote:

Our Annual Conference and AGM will take us to the ‘little white town’, whose port in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries was so important in sending ships to the fisheries of Newfoundland. Foreign trade, especially in tobacco, ensured the town remained wealthy for another hundred years or so.

We have a busy and varied programme of stimulating and enjoyable events, including a special tour of the Burton Art Gallery with its fine collection of ceramics, and visits to Weare Giffard, SS Freshspring, and RHS Rosemoor.

Writer and bookworm Nick Arnold will give our Public Lecture on the Viking’s Dragon Ships, and well-known local historian and thrice Mayor of Bideford, the ever-entertaining Peter Christie, will lead the town walk. Our incoming President Clare Broom promises to challenge our thinking regarding the natural world.

With the prospect of good company, and plenty of time to share ideas, our three-day conference is always a highlight of the DA year. Do join us for all or part of it.