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February 2019

Conchies in Dartmoor Prison (Bideford Branch)

Fri. 8 February 2019 at 2:00 pm
Burton Art Gallery, Bideford, Kingsley Road
Bideford, Devon EX39 2QQ

A talk by Simon Dell, Director - Moorland Guides. Conscription began in 1916 and men who refused to fight were known as ‘Conscientious Objectors’ and the derogatory term ‘Conchie’ was born. There were approximately…

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AGM 2019 (E Devon Branch)

Fri. 8 February 2019 at 2:30 pm
Manor Pavilion Theatre, Sidmouth, Manor Road
Sidmouth, Devon EX10 8RP

The Branch AGM will be followed by a talk "The Aclands of Killerton – their remarkable history told through their heraldry" by Keith Orrell.

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POW Depots, Dockyards and Spies (Plymouth Branch)

Wed. 13 February 2019 at 7:30 pm
The Plymouth Athenaeum, Derry's Cross
Plymouth, Devon PL1 2SW

A talk entitled “POW Depots, Dockyards and Spies” given by Barbie Thompson. Spanning the late 17th and early 19th centuries this talk will concentrate on espionage agents ranging from an exiled French Huguenot, a…

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Rebuilding Castle Drogo (Tavistock Branch)

Fri. 15 February 2019 at 7:30 pm
Tavistock Parish Centre, 5a Plymouth Road
Tavistock, PL19 8AU

An illustrated account by Paula Clarke, Community Engagement Officer at Castle Drogo.

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Seaton Wetlands and its Wildlife (Axe Valley Branch)

Wed. 20 February 2019 at 2:30 pm
The Pavilion, Colyton, Peace Memorial Playing Fields, Coly Road
Colyton, EX24 5PU
£1 – £3

 An illustrated talk by James Chubb* about the development of Seaton Wetlands Local Nature Reserve complex and the wildlife highlights to be found today on the site. Entrance donation £1.00 for DA members and…

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Austins Department Store (S Devon Branch)

Thu. 21 February 2019 at 2:15 pm
Council Chamber, Newton Abbot Town Hall, 9 Devon Square
Newton Abbot, TQ12 2HN

A talk by David Austin about his family's Department store that has been a feature of Newton Abbot since 1924.

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March 2019

The Lower Otter Restoration Project (E Devon Branch)

Fri. 8 March 2019 at 2:30 pm
Manor Pavilion Theatre, Sidmouth, Manor Road
Sidmouth, Devon EX10 8RP

A talk 'The Lower Otter Restoration Project – the Challenges and Opportunities of adapting to Climate Change' by Sam Bridgewater.

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Stumbling through Wartime Childhood (Exeter Branch)

Wed. 13 March 2019 at 2:30 pm
The Mint Methodist Church, Fore Street
Exeter, Devon EX4 3AT
£3 – £3.50

Devon author Philip Algar’s talk will be based on his book – Stumbling Through Wartime Childhood – which is part autobiography and part fiction. It deals with the story of a small boy growing…

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Maritime Plymouth – Shaping the world we know (Plymouth Branch)

Wed. 13 March 2019 at 7:30 pm
The Plymouth Athenaeum, Derry's Cross
Plymouth, Devon PL1 2SW

A talk by Paul Wright. Whilst Plymouth is known as a home of the Royal Navy, its maritime commercial activities tend to be overlooked. In this presentation Paul will provide a historical narrative about…

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Thomas Fowler and his Thermosiphon (Bideford Branch)

Fri. 15 March 2019 at 2:00 pm
Burton Art Gallery, Bideford, Kingsley Road
Bideford, Devon EX39 2QQ

Born 1777 in Great Torrington, Thomas Fowler was an inventor whose most notable invention was the thermosiphon. This forms the basis of early hot water and central heating systems and a surprising range of…

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“Mad, bad and fascinating to know” (Tavistock Branch)

Fri. 15 March 2019 at 7:30 pm
Tavistock Parish Centre, 5a Plymouth Road
Tavistock, PL19 8AU

An illustrated talk by Dr Geri Parlby on the ancestors of the Duke of Bedford.

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AGM 2019 (Axe Valley Branch)

Wed. 20 March 2019 at 2:00 pm
The Pavilion, Colyton, Peace Memorial Playing Fields, Coly Road
Colyton, EX24 5PU
£1 – £3

Branch AGM followed at 2:30 pm by an illustrated talk “The Great Bindon Landslide; new mapping and modelling that may explain how it happened” given by Richard Edmonds*. The Bindon Landslide of 1839 which…

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