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February 2020

The Pinwill Sisters (Plymouth Branch)

Wed. 12 February 2020 at 7:30 pm
The Plymouth Athenaeum, Derry's Cross
Plymouth, Devon PL1 2SW

A talk From 'lady woodcarvers' to professionals: the remarkable Pinwill sisters by Dr Helen Wilson.

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A Brief History of Torrington (Bideford Branch)

Fri. 14 February 2020 at 2:00 pm
Burton Art Gallery & Museum, Kingsley Road
Bideford, Devon EX39 2QQ

A talk by Dr Hugh Reed. He will describe his research and the background to his recent book delving into the long, interesting and colourful history of a Devon town that, until the mid…

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Not One of us (E Devon Branch)

Fri. 14 February 2020 at 2:30 pm
Manor Pavilion Theatre, Sidmouth, Manor Road
Sidmouth, Devon EX10 8RP

A talk 'Not One of us' by Todd Gray. Note change from the previously advertised date (13 March).

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London and Exeter (Axe Valley Branch)

Wed. 19 February 2020 at 2:30 pm
The Pavilion, Colyton, Peace Memorial Playing Fields, Coly Road
Colyton, EX24 5PU
£1 – £3

A talk “London and Exeter: a tale of two Roman and Saxon cities” by Dr Peter Marsden. (following are key points from Dr Marsden's website petermarsden.net) London and Exeter are two important cities on…

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The Two Moors Way (S Devon Branch)

Thu. 20 February 2020 at 2:15 pm
Room F3, Newton Abbot Library, Passmore Edwards Building, Market St.
Newton Abbot, TQ12 2RJ

Sue Viccars, the editor of Dartmoor Magazine, will look at the good bits (and the tricky bits!) of writing up a long-distance walking route. Note our new venue for this season's talks.

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Re-wilding Dartmoor (Tavistock Branch)

Fri. 21 February 2020 at 7:30 pm
Tavistock Parish Centre, 5a Plymouth Road
Tavistock, PL19 8AU

Adam Owen, the Director of Moor Trees, will give an illustrated talk on Re-wilding Dartmoor.

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March 2020

History on the Tamar (Plymouth Branch)

Wed. 11 March 2020 at 7:30 pm
The Plymouth Athenaeum, Derry's Cross
Plymouth, Devon PL1 2SW

A talk A very useful river: a history of shipping, trade and shipbuilding on the Tamar by Clive Charlton.

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The Fair Arm of the Law (E Devon Branch)

Fri. 13 March 2020 at 2:30 pm
Manor Pavilion Theatre, Sidmouth, Manor Road
Sidmouth, Devon EX10 8RP
£2 – £3

A talk 'The Fair Arm of the Law' by Simon Dell. DA members £2. Visitors £3. Note change from the previously advertised date (14 February).

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The Battle of Britain over Devon (Axe Valley Branch)

Wed. 18 March 2020 at 2:30 pm
The Pavilion, Colyton, Peace Memorial Playing Fields, Coly Road
Colyton, EX24 5PU
£1 – £3

A talk “The Battle of Britain over Devon, 1940” by John Smith. This talk explains the story of the Battle in a Devon context. At the time of Dunkirk, Devon did not have any…

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The Three Hares and AGM (Exeter Branch)

Wed. 18 March 2020 at 2:30 pm
The Mint Methodist Church, Fore Street
Exeter, Devon EX4 3AT
£3 – £3.50

Dr Sue Andrew has long been captivated by the enigmatic motif of three hares carved into oak bosses in 15th century Devon churches. The hares are arranged in a triangle, and although only three…

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Newton Abbot’s workhouse (S Devon Branch)

Thu. 19 March 2020 at 2:15 pm
Room F3, Newton Abbot Library, Passmore Edwards Building, Market St.
Newton Abbot, TQ12 2RJ

John Ellis will talk to us about the Union workhouse that opened in Newton Abbot in 1839. By the 1890s it housed several hundred and the conditions there caused a national scandal. Note our…

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Ben Mee from Dartmoor Zoo (Tavistock Branch)

Fri. 20 March 2020 at 7:30 pm
Tavistock Parish Centre, 5a Plymouth Road
Tavistock, PL19 8AU

Ben Mee will give an illustrated talk on Why Buy a Zoo - buying the zoo, its everyday running and the need for its breeding and conservation programme.

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