Events news (updated 17 August 2018)


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.


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. Full details are on the music charity’s website here.

Paul Wilson of Wren Music is the chair of our Music Section, and he and Marilyn Tucker provided much of the musical content for our Devon–Newfoundland Story Celebrations that were held in April 2017.


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.


Exeter Buildings – twenty minute histories (external 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.


How the Vote was Won (external event)

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 – full details are on Exeter Local History Society’s website here.


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

The Buildings Section’s extensive 2018 programme is now on-line. The list of upcoming events is here.


16 Jan 2018

Just added the Geology Section’s events for 2018 – five field trips and two lectures. See the details here.


15 Jan 2018

East Devon Branch has announced its events programme for 2018. See the details here.

Bideford Branch has changed the date of its talk “Conservation in Exmoor National Park” from 16 to 9 February. The other details remain unchanged.


14 Dec 2017

The Literature and Art Section has announced its events programme for 2018. See the details here.


20 Nov 2017

Haldon Belvedere's spiral staircase

Haldon Belvedere’s spiral staircase

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.