Events news (updated 18 Mar 2020)
This page notifies recent additions and changes to events – both our own and selected external events.
To keep up to date, you should also check the Notices page, where other news is reported.
18 March 2020
All events until end June cancelled
As reported on the Regarding COVID-19 page, all our events up to the end of June have been cancelled or postponed. Please see the other page for updates for now.
6 March 2020
Murder of Devon’s most famous lawyer brought to the stage (external event)
Devon in the 1450s – allegiances are divided between William Lord Bonville and the Earl of Devon, Thomas Courtenay senior, with his sons Thomas and Henry. Between them stands the figure of Nicholas Radford, the most famous lawyer in the South West, seemingly championing the rule of law against the threat of violence that will eventually burst out into the War of the Roses.
‘The Murder of Nicholas Radford’, a play by Mark Beeson that explores the consequences of the breakdown of the rule of law in charting the events surrounding the death of medieval Devon’s most famous lawyer, will be touring Dartmoor villages in March 2020.
- Manaton Parish Hall Fri 13th and Sat 14th March
- Chagford Jubilee Hall Thu 19th March
- Moretonhampstead Parish Hall Fri 20th and Sat 21st March
All performances start at 7.30pm. Tickets £8 / £5 children under 16. Full details at www.medtheatre.co.uk
6 February 2020
Over the last month or so, most of our Branch and Section committees have announced the details of their upcoming events for this year. A printed copy of the resulting diary will, as usual, appear in the Spring issue of DA News, which is due in March.
12 January 2020
Change in date of visit to Plymouth Synagogue
Bideford Branch has had to change the date of the visit to Plymouth Synagogue and the old Jewish Cemetery from 18 June to 4 June. Full details, including a booking form, are on the events page here. Please book by 31 March.
12 January 2020
Date swap for two East Devon events
21 November 2019
Change in December talk at Tavistock Branch
The officers of the Tavistock & West Devon Branch regret to advise at short notice that the chief blender of Voyager Coffee who was to have made a presentation at the meeting on Friday, 13th December is unable to be with us on that evening.
In her place Doug Herdson, formerly of the National Aquarium in Plymouth, who gave such an able and enthralling talk last month entitled “Between the Tides” has kindly agreed to return. Doug’s talk in December will be on Darwin and Devon. Please come and support what should be another great evening.
7 November 2019
Screening of “The Way We Live” (dir. Jill Craigie, 1946) in Plymouth (external event)
As part of a weekend event in Plymouth exploring the work of filmmaker Jill Craigie, there will be a screening of her 1946 documentary “The Way We Live” at the Plymouth Arts Centre on Saturday 23 November, 2pm. The film is a provocative documentary about the Abercrombie plan to rebuild Plymouth.
Cost is £4. Full details and booking information at https://plymouthartscentre.org/whats-on/the-way-we-live-1946/.
Booking opens for the Benjamin Donn 1765 Map of Devon Study Day
To be held on 28 March 2020 in Torrington Town Hall.
See the event page for details.
27 October 2019
History Section visit to the Museum of Dartmoor Life in Okehampton.
We have just posted an illustrated report of this visit that took place on 9 September.
16 September 2019
Industrial Archaeology Section events
The IA Section has recently organised three visits for this autumn:
- A Walking Tour of Exeter’s Interesting Bridges on 26 September – see here.
- A Guided Tour of the Axminster Carpet Factory on 22 October – see here.
- A visit to the Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon to learn about the craft furniture made by Shapter and Petter. On 14 November– see here.
12 August 2019
The Secret Life of Dartmoor Birds: Science for Survival? (external event)
This year’s Dartmoor Society debate will be held in Ashburton Arts Centre on Saturday 12th October. It is an ambitious event with no less than eight speakers, chaired by Alison Kohler, Director of Conservation and Communities at Dartmoor National Park.
The speakers have been chosen because all are actively involved in work to protect birds on Dartmoor. All live on or near Dartmoor and are therefore familiar with the birds and their habitats not only through academic research, but through a genuine interest in seeing thriving bird species on their home patch.
For full details see the Dartmoor Society website.
Peterloo and the Viscount Sidmouth Archive (external event)
Celebrating South West Heritage Trust’s successful project to conserve the political papers of Henry Addington, First Viscount Sidmouth.
Addington was Home Secretary at the time of the Peterloo Massacre in 1819, and this event will mark the 200th anniversary.
Monday 19th August 2019 at the Devon Heritage Centre, Exeter.
Click on the poster to see the full details.
Exeter Day (external event)
Celebrating 2,000 years of the history of the city.
Saturday 15th June 2019 at St Nicholas Priory, Exeter from 10 am to 4 pm.
Our Exeter Branch will be one of the exhibitors.
Click on the poster to see the full details.
The South West and Parliament (external event)
Devon & Cornwall Record Society and The History of Parliament Joint Conference
Saturday 11th May 2019 at St Stephen’s Church, High Street, Exeter from 10 am to 4 pm.
Click on the poster to see the full details.
24 March 2019
The History Section visit to Kents Cavern that was advertised as taking place on 15 May will now take place on 8 May from 1 pm.
1 February 2019
The following events have been postponed due to the snow that’s currently affecting Devon.
- Our Botany Section has postponed its AGM planned for Sat 2 Feb. Watch this space or the Section’s list of events for details of the rescheduled event.
- Our Music Section postponed its AGM that was planned for Thursday 31 Jan. Watch this space or the Section’s list of events for details of the rescheduled event.
26 January 2019
Our History Section has advised details of its events for the coming year, here.
3 December 2018
Please note that the venue for our Music Section’s Romani Gipsy Music event on 1 March has changed from Great Torrington to Barnstaple. Full details are not yet available, but the event page is here. The Section has recently arranged another event for July – see the details here.
29 November 2018
20 October 2018
Saturday 17 November 11am to 4pm at Berkeley House, Dix’s Field, Exeter EX1 1PZ (behind the Civic Centre)
The Devon Archaeological Society is holding a Grand Book Fair at its premises in Berkeley House on Saturday 17 November. Hundreds of new publications, donated and ex-library books and journals on archaeological and related subjects will be available in return for a donation to the society.
The Devon Archaeological Society is celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2018-19. Membership is open to everybody and full details of this, together with information about the upcoming Anniversary programme of events, can be found on its website.
18 October 2018
Geology Section AGM
The Geology Section’s AGM on 19 January 2019 at Torquay Museum was inadvertently omitted from the printed diary included in the autumn issue of DA News. Details of the event are shown here.
17 August 2018
Field trip to Brookwood Mine (external event)
The Dartmoor Tinworking Research Group (DTRG) Autumn Social Walk 2018.
A tour of the Brookwood Mine site guided by Phil Newman, followed by a Social and talks at the Dartmoor Lodge.
Saturday 3rd November 2018 1.30 p.m – 4.30 p.m
For full details see “Diary Dates” on the DTRG website.
12 August 2018
Exmouth Historical & Archaeological Society (external event)
Golden Anniversary celebration on Saturday, 13th October 2018 at Glenorchy Church and Hall, Exmouth.
Click here to see full details and a booking form.
6 August 2018
National Park Societies’ Conference 2018 (external event)
This annual conference is being hosted this year by the Dartmoor Preservation Association and will be held at the Two Bridges Hotel on Dartmoor from 4 to 6 October. The title is “What value our National Parks?”.
The middle day, Friday 5 October, will be a “conference within a conference”, open to all comers and a group of ten wonderful speakers has been assembled to entertain and inform on subjects which are of national and local importance to anyone who cares about our National Parks.
Full details and booking instructions are on the DPA’s website here.
11 July 2018
Baring-Gould Folk Festival (external event)
Wren Music will hold its 20th annual Baring-Gould Folk Festival in Okehampton from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th October 2018. The event is preceded by a five-day Folk Song School led by folk singer Chris Coe.
29 June 2018
Industrial Archaeology Section arranges field trip to West Cornwall
A series of field trips over three days from 17 September, visiting World Heritage sites in the Hayle area. Including Carnbrea, Wheals Frances and Basset, Hayle town and its estuary, Portreath, Cligga Head and the explosive works. See the event details here.
16 June 2018
Tavistock & West Devon Branch has announced its events for this autumn and winter
You can see the very varied programme here. Starting in September there are talks about Devon’s newest mine, intertidal life, Dartmoor’s archaeology, the medieval longbow, the rebuilding work on Castle Drogo, and the Duke of Bedford’s ancestors (“Mad, bad and fascinating to know”). Also a social evening with a talk about Nepal, and the Branch AGM. Wow!
3 June 2018
The Botany Section’s visit to the Elephant’s Graveyard has had to be cancelled
We are sorry that this event has had to be cancelled: the site has become too overgrown! See the event page for the proposal to reschedule.
29 May 2018
Visit to Sidbury Manor cancelled
This Buildings Section event has had to be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.
16 May 2018
Visit to Lynton & Barnstaple Railway
The date for this Bideford Branch event has been changed from 18 May to Friday 15 June. The corrected details are here.
15 April 2018
Industrial Archaeology event at Haytor
The date for this IA event was shown wrongly as Tuesday 17 April. The correct date is Thursday 17 May. The corrected details are here.
9 April 2018
Devon Rural Archive Study Day
Unfortunately the date for this History Section event was shown wrongly as 19 September. It takes place on 11 September. See the full details here.
4 April 2018
Exon Domesday (external event)
Historian and broadcaster Stephen Baxter will be giving a public lecture in Exeter Cathedral on the results of the major research project on the Exon Domesday at 7.15 pm on Tuesday 17 April. Admission is free, but by ticket only. See the website for details.
Members of the research team will be on hand from 3 to 5 pm to explain how to use Domesday Book, to talk about their work and to take questions from the public and to demonstrate the features of their new website.
DA members may recall a talk on this topic that was given by Professor Julia Crick at our 2016 Symposium.
29 March 2018
Plymouth Branch has had to cancel its planned talk for 11 April by Edward Luscombe entitled “The Picture of Plymouth, 1812”. It is hoped to reschedule the event.
24 March 2018
The Devon and Cornwall Record Society in association with the Devon Buildings Group have an event – incorporating the DCRS’s AGM – on 19 May at the United Reform Church, Southernhay, Exeter.
Click on the image to see the full programme.
6 March 2018
The Entomology Section’s events for this year are now available here.
5 March 2018
The Geology Section had to cancel its talk on Saturday 3 March in Teignmouth due to the bad weather. It has now been re-scheduled for Saturday 9 June. Details here.
28 Feb 2018
Unfortunately the Geology Section’s field trip to the Fforest Fawr Geopark that was planned for 27–29 April has had to be cancelled due to insufficient bookings.
26 Feb 2018
Devon History Society invites bookings for its Spring Conference ‘How the Vote was Won: Women’s Suffrage, Devon and the Representation of the People Act’. The conference, which features presentations about women active in the movement across the county, takes place on Saturday April 21st at the University of Plymouth.
For more information see www.devonhistorysociety.org.uk. There are Early Bird discounts on bookings made by March 16th.
Exeter Buildings (external event)
Reposted 19 Feb 2018
In March and April, the Churches Conservation Trust in association with Exeter Local History Society will present a series of seven Monday lunchtime lectures on buildings in Exeter. They will be held from 1 –2 pm. at St Martin’s Church as follows:
|5 March||Dr Stuart Blaylock||Exeter Guildhall|
|12 March||John Thorp||38 North Street|
|19 March||John Allan||St. Martin’s & the other churches of late Saxon & Norman Exeter|
|26 March||Dr Todd Gray||Maps & Exeter’s Buildings|
|9 April||Diane Walker||Moving Monuments of Exeter Cathedral|
|16 April||Dr Jo Cox||St Thomas’ Church|
|23 April||Clare Maudling||Exeter’s Post War Development|
Tickets are £4 for each lecture and booking is essential.
Desert Island Documents – Dr Tom Greeves (external event)
Reposted 14 Feb 2018
The Devon & Cornwall Record Society will present a celebration of the archival work in Devon of DA’s former president, Dr Tom Greeves, in conversation with Dr Todd Gray. At Exeter Guildhall, Saturday 10 March 2018 2–3 pm. See the flyer for further details.
6 Feb 2018
As the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon closes temporarily for its Long Bridge Wing Extension Project, it launches a pop-up museum at Bridge Chambers on the Strand. See the poster for details of the launch event on 14 February from 11am to 4pm.
Updates are on the museum’s Twitter feed: @BarumMuseum
1 Feb 2018
The time of Exeter Branch’s event on 7 Feb: “Landscape Gardens and F. W. Meyer” has had to be changed from 2.30 to 3.00 pm. The event details are here.
22 Jan 2018
16 Jan 2018
15 Jan 2018
14 Dec 2017
20 Nov 2017
Exeter Branch has posted its events list for 2018. The year starts with a party which includes an amusing talk by Dr Sue Knox about Haldon Belvedere. This is followed in February by a talk on F. W. Meyer, a landscape gardener working in the Westcountry in the late Victorian era. Subsequent talks are on Roman Exeter and the Seaton Down Hoard in March, and Exeter’s Cathedral Yard fire in April.
In May a visit to Ashley Court near Tiverton has been arranged, followed in July by an excursion to Tiverton Castle and an August walk along Dawlish seafront to learn about its geology and the development of the town. The year draws to a close with the Branch Annual Lunch in September and the AGM in November.
Image from Wikimedia Commons – click on it for details
8 Nov 2017
An external event: The Cathedral Yard Fire, Exeter, 2016–2017 will take place in Exeter Guildhall on 20 November.
23 Oct 2017
It has been necessary to make changes to the dates of several Bideford Branch events. The Branch events list shows the up-to-date position.
18 Sep 2017
The events shown on this website should now be the same as those that will soon be published in the DA Events Diary. Remember that even after the printed Events Diary has been distributed, Branches and Sections can have any details of their events updated on this site by contacting the webmaster.
3 Sep 2017
All events notified to the Registrar by 24 August have now been added (up to next year’s Conference in June).
6 Jul 2017
The date of the Geology Section trip to Dartmouth to see the college and some local geology has had to be changed to Thursday 27th July.