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October 2020

Annual General Meeting 2020

Sat. 3 October 2020 at 11:00 am
Online, (see text for details)

THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of The Devonshire Association will be held by videoconference on Saturday 3rd October 2020 at 11 a.m. This replaces the scheduled meeting at Bideford in June that was cancelled due…

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President’s Symposium, October 2020

Sat. 3 October 2020 at 1:00 pm
Online, (see text for details)

This event in its original form was cancelled because of COVID-19. Our 2020 "virtual" Symposium will be hosted by our President for 2020-21, Clare Broom. The topic will be Valuing and Restoring Nature. For…

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Swifts on Dartmoor – A Screaming Success (E Devon Branch)

Fri. 9 October 2020 at 3:00 pm
Online, (see text for details)
Free

On Friday 9 October 2020 the East Devon Branch was due to hold a joint meeting with the Sidmouth Science Festival and I am pleased to report that the scheduled talk can still be…

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Talk: Devon’s Woollen Cloth Industry, and AGM 2020 (Bideford Branch)

Fri. 16 October 2020 at 2:00 pm
Online, (see text for details)
Free

To be held by Zoom video conferencing Dr Todd Gray FRHistS, MBE, will talk on “Devon’s Woollen Cloth Industry”. Exeter's centuries-old woollen cloth trade may be a surprise to some. Now consigned to history,…

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Tavistock and the Taj Mahal: the town’s significance as World Heritage (Tavistock Branch)

Fri. 16 October 2020 at 7:30 pm
Online, (see text for details)
Free

To be held by Zoom video conferencing. A talk by Andrew Thompson, archaeologist and local historian. In the 18th and 19th centuries the economy and society of Tavistock and West Devon were transformed by…

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Mining and Miners of Newton St Cyres (IA Section)

Thu. 22 October 2020 at 2:00 pm
Online, (see text for details)
Free

To be held by Zoom video conferencing. A talk by Brian Please (introduced by Richard Pocock). It can be claimed that, together, Upton Pyne and Newton St Cyres had the first commercially successful manganese…

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November 2020

Brunel’s Grand Designs (IA Section)

Thu. 19 November 2020 at 11:00 am
Online, (see text for details)
Free

To be held by Zoom video conferencing. A talk by David Greenfield (introduced by Mary Miles). The talk will include stories behind some of Brunel’s famous bridges. David Greenfield is a civil engineer and…

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Appledore Smuggling and Shipwrecks (Bideford Branch)

Fri. 20 November 2020 at 2:00 pm
Online, (see text for details)
Free

To be held by Zoom video conferencing David Carter, genealogist, director of Docton Court Gallery, and author of three books on Appledore’s history, presents: ‘Appledore Smuggling and Shipwrecks – The Truth’. We’ve all heard…

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December 2020

Silver Mining in Devon (IA Section)

Thu. 10 December 2020 at 2:00 pm
Online, (see text for details)
Free

To be held by Zoom video conferencing. A talk by Peter Claughton (introduced by Mick Atkinson). This presentation will look at the mining and processing of silver-bearing ores in Devon from the medieval period…

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Black lives matter – Racism and the legacy of slavery (Bideford Branch)

Fri. 11 December 2020 at 2:00 pm
Online, (see text for details)
Free

To be held by Zoom video conferencing Peter Reid MSc, MA, Educational Consultant VSO, Secretary of the Plymouth Ghana Link (a charity developing inter-cultural activities between Plymouth and Sekondi-Takoradi Ghana). The two cities that…

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January 2021

Provisional: Charles Kingsley (E Devon Branch)

Fri. 8 January 2021 at 2:30 pm
Manor Pavilion Theatre, Sidmouth, Manor Road
Sidmouth, Devon EX10 8RP

A talk by Robin Wootton on Charles Kingsley - his writings and times.

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The impact of COVID-19 on the farming sector in Devon (Bideford Branch)

Fri. 15 January 2021 at 2:00 pm
Online, (see text for details)
Free

To be held by Zoom video conferencing Andrew Butler; National Farmers Union - Devon County Adviser – ‘The impact of COVID-19 on the farming sector in Devon’. He makes a return ‘visit’ to our…

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