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March 2024

John Foulston: Benefactor and architect of Regency Plymouth (History Section)

Wed. 6 March 2024 at 2:00 pm
Online, (see text for details)

A talk by Ursula Myers. John Foulston (1772–1840) was a London based architect who in 1810 won a competition to design Plymouth's Theatre Royal and Royal Hotel. Once he had relocated to Plymouth to…

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Decorating Exeter (Exeter Branch)

Wed. 6 March 2024 at 2:30 pm
The Mint Methodist Centre, Fore Street
Exeter, Devon EX4 3AT
£3 – £5

Decorating Exeter with Aylwyn Bowen During the last few years permanent arrays of large, poster-style panels have appeared in Exeter city centre, most of them featuring a single historic Exeter building portrayed as a…

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The History of PECO and Pecorama (E Devon Branch)

Fri. 8 March 2024 at 2:30 pm
Manor Pavilion Theatre, Manor Road
Sidmouth, Devon EX10 8RP
£3 – £4

A talk by Derek Boswell. PECO was founded in 1946 by Sidney and Claudine Pritchard. Sidney was a model train enthusiast who designed a coupling that he sold to Hornby. PECO started in Branscombe…

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Not only Lorna. What else did R. D. Blackmore write? (Lit & Art Section)

Wed. 13 March 2024 at 7:00 pm
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A talk by Robin Wootton. To be given online via Zoom. Richard Doddridge Blackmore (1825–1900) is today known almost exclusively for Lorna Doone, but he wrote at least twelve other novels, some of equal…

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Commercial Wharf, Plymouth – revelations of Plymouth trade (Plymouth Branch)

Wed. 13 March 2024 at 7:30 pm
The Plymouth Athenaeum, Derry's Cross
Plymouth, Devon PL1 2SW
Free

A talk by Martin Read, full title “Commercial Wharf, Plymouth - revelations of Plymouth trade, fishing and victualling the navy in the 17th century”.

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A Cambrian Phosphatocopid (Geology Section)

Thu. 14 March 2024 at 7:00 pm
Online, (see text for details)

A Zoom talk by Rich Reynolds. There is no charge, but donations are welcome – see below. Full title: “An Exceptionally Well Preserved Phosphatocopid (Arthropoda: Phosphatocopida) from the Late Cambrian USA”. Phosphatocopids are small…

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Braunton Burrows and preparations for D Day (Bideford & N Devon Branch)

Fri. 15 March 2024 at 2:00 pm
Burton Art Gallery & Museum, Kingsley Road
Bideford, Devon EX39 2QQ
£3 – £5

A talk by Dave Edgcombe. Dave worked on countryside and coast issues across north Devon for 40 years prior to retirement in 2023, latterly as Project Officer within the North Devon Coast Area of…

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Climate Change Impacts and AGM (Tavistock Branch)

Fri. 15 March 2024 at 7:30 pm
Tavistock Parish Centre, 5a Plymouth Road
Tavistock, PL19 8AU
£2 – £3

David Ramsden MBE has been a public speaker for more than three decades. Over the last few years he has become increasingly concerned about our global situation – the loss of species and what…

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Wildfires, phenology and fire weather in the South and South West

Tue. 19 March 2024 at 7:00 pm
Online, (see text for details)
Free – £2.50

A Zoom talk presented by Professor Claire Belcher – WildFIRE Laboratory, Department of Geography, Exeter University Claire Belcher graduated from Royal Holloway University of London with degrees in Geology. After fellowships at University College…

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A talk on William Froude (S Devon Branch)

Thu. 21 March 2024 at 2:15 pm
Newton’s Place, 43 Wolborough St
Newton Abbot, Devon TQ12 1JQ
£2 – £4

A talk to be given by Bill Thomson on the noted Devon naval scientist William Froude (1810–1879).  The cost will be £2 for DA members, £4 for non-members.

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Spring meeting and talk 2024 (Buildings Section)

Fri. 22 March 2024 at 2:15 pm
The Mint Methodist Centre, Fore Street
Exeter, Devon EX4 3AT
£5 – £7

The Buildings Section's Spring Meeting. At 2:15pm, a talk ‘Exeter's Vernacular Buildings amidst Loss and Destruction 1800-1899’ to be given by Dr Todd Gray, honorary research fellow at the University, who is well known…

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April 2024

South Devon caves and their ice-age history (Plymouth Branch)

Wed. 10 April 2024 at 7:30 pm
The Plymouth Athenaeum, Derry's Cross
Plymouth, Devon PL1 2SW
Free

A talk by Prof. Malcolm Hart, PhD, DSc, FGS, CGeol, CSci. In parts of South Devon (e.g. Plymouth, Buckfastleigh, Torbay) the Devonian limestones have extensive cave systems. These caves contain a wealth of fossil…

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