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March 2024

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

Wed. 6 March 2024 at 2:00 pm
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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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The Piano and me – Mike Westbrook (Music & Folklore Section)

Sat. 9 March 2024 at 7:00 pm
The Bridge Inn, Bridge Hill
Topsham, Devon EX3 0QQ

In this performance at the Bridge Inn, Topsham,  jazz composer Mike Westbrook improvises on themes from his musical history with references across the spectrum of genres – jazz classics, pop music and the Blues.…

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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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A Cambrian Phosphatocopid (Geology Section)

Thu. 14 March 2024 at 7:00 pm
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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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Visit to North Wyke Research station (IA Section)

Tue. 19 March 2024 at 2:00 pm
£3 – £5

Agriculture is the largest industry in Devon, and it has changed rapidly over the past few years.  We felt it important to explore the history and changes through a series of field visits and…

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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

Harp Music from Devon and Beyond (Music & Folklore Section)

Sun. 14 April 2024 at 3:00 pm
The Plough Arts Centre, 9-11 Fore Street
Great Torrington, Devon EX38 8HQ
£10 – £14

A concert with Elizabeth-Jane Baldry. Award-winning international harpist Elizabeth-Jane Baldry will perform and talk about some of her favourite music, including works by the famous Devon-born 19th century harp maestro Elias Parish-Alvars. He enjoyed…

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A visit to the Double Elephant Print Workshop (Lit & Art Section)

Mon. 15 April 2024 at 2:00 pm
Exeter Phoenix, Bradninch Place, Gandy St.
Exeter, Devon EX4 3LS
£3 – £5

Double Elephant is an open access print workshop, offering facilities, guidance, courses and projects in a wide range of printing techniques and skills. Through their outreach programme they work with c. 3,000 children, young…

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Guided walk around Bucks Mills (History Section)

Thu. 25 April 2024 at 1:15 pm
£3 – £5

The history of Bucks Mills with walk and commentary, led by Chris Braund (founder member of the Braund Society). Fully booked: see below. Bucks Mills is known as the village of a single surname…

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May 2024

Field trip to Undercliff and Goat Island (Geology Section)

Wed. 1 May 2024 at 1:30 pm
£5 – £7

Richard Edmonds will lead a field trip to Undercliff and Goat Island near Lyme Regis. We will meet near the river in Axmouth at 1.30pm (time subject to confirmation) Richard Edmonds says: The trip…

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Caves and their Ice Age History (Geology Section)

Sat. 18 May 2024 at 10:30 am
Boniface Centre, East of the Parish Church
Crediton, Devon EX17 2AH
£4 – £5

A talk by Malcolm Hart, Emeritus Professor of Micropalaeontology, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Plymouth. DA members £4, non-members £5. In many parts of South Devon (e.g., Plymouth, Buckfastleigh, Torbay)…

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June 2024

Commemoration of the Sampford Courtenay Western Rising (History Section)

Fri. 7 June 2024 at 4:00 pm
Sampford Courtenay Village Hall, Chapple Lane
Sampford Courtenay, Devon EX20 2SY

Sampford Courtenay Western Rising, 475th Anniversary Commemoration Two talks: Sue Andrew ‘Before the Storm: Sampford Courtenay’s Church and Church House in the Early 16th Century’ and Professor Mark Stoyle ‘A Tudor Tragedy: The Western…

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