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March 2019

A Romany family’s culture (Music Section)

Fri. 1 March 2019
St Anne’s Chapel, Paternoster Row
Barnstaple, Devon EX31 1SX
£8

A Romany family’s culture - with Tom Orchard and family Kil and Gillie Radi Tom Orchard talks about the living traditions that have passed through generations of the family; of song, music, dance and…

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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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Local shipping history (Plymouth Branch)

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

A talk on local shipping history – title to be confirmed – to be given by Paul Wright.

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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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The Icelandic Adventures of Pike Ward (History Section)

Mon. 18 March 2019 at 2:30 pm
The Mint Methodist Church, Fore Street
Exeter, Devon EX4 3AT
£2 – £3

A talk by Katherine Findlay. Pike Ward was a Teignmouth man who became a hugely important figure in Icelandic history at the turn of the last century.

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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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Seaside Piers in Devon (S Devon Branch)

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

A talk by John Cole on Devon's seaside piers, including the events that affected their building and their survival or destruction.

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19th century bridges on the Torridge (IA Section & Bideford Branch)

Tue. 26 March 2019 at 10:30 am
Burton Art Gallery, Bideford, Kingsley Road
Bideford, Devon EX39 2QQ
£3 – £5

A talk by Professor Bill Harvey, who is a world expert on masonry arch and tunnel behaviour and the author of a widely-used software package for the analytical assessment of arch bridges and viaducts.…

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April 2019

The Plymouth Blitz (Plymouth Branch)

Wed. 10 April 2019 at 7:30 pm
The Plymouth Athenaeum, Derry's Cross
Plymouth, Devon PL1 2SW

A talk, “The Plymouth Blitz”, given by Graham Naylor.

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AGM 2019 (Tavistock Branch)

Fri. 12 April 2019 at 7:30 pm
Tavistock Parish Centre, 5a Plymouth Road
Tavistock, PL19 8AU

Annual General Meeting, followed by an illustrated talk by Richard Finamore on the work of the Devon Rural Skills Trust.

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