- 27 June 2020 at 3:23 pm #11644
Dr Todd Gray tells us that after a two year wait he has had an old Devon word accepted into the Oxford English Dictionary. “Quilling” was the practice of inebriating potential voters to get their backing at the ballot box.
Read more about it here: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/news/homepage/title_802492_en.html.
Dr Gray was chairman of the DA from 2004 to 2008 and was our President 2016-17. He remains a member of the Association.12 July 2020 at 9:41 am #11764
Todd has advised us of his piece “Tear them down or keep them? Devon’s uneasy relationship with its statues and its past” that has been published on the DevonLive website at https://www.devonlive.com/news/history/tear-down-keep-them-devons-429141322 July 2020 at 1:57 pm #11857
On Todd’s regular spot on BBC Radio Devon this afternoon, he talked about The Lost Chronicle of Devon. You can read the book here: https://devonassoc.org.uk/devoninfo/the-lost-chronicle-of-barnstaple/10 September 2020 at 11:01 am #12145
Todd tells us that his book Devon and the Slave Trade has been reprinted with revisions with Devon County Council in light of the Black Lives Matters movement.
As he says, this was his attempt to put factual history into the public domain and take the heat out of the topic. It has become even more controversial since 2007.
For more detail see the DevonLive website at https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/history-hurts-re-examining-devons-447465013 December 2020 at 10:47 am #12760
Join us for Todd’s online talk about Christmas in Devon.
“Some aspects of the Christmas holiday were particularly Devonian – mummers, a gooding and the ashen faggot, while others, like Stir Up Sunday were much like other parts of England.
“This history will be explored along with other introductions over the last 400 years.”
On Friday 18 December at 2 pm. Booking essential – see the Event page at https://devonassoc.org.uk/event/christmas-in-devon-a-talk-by-dr-todd-gray/16 December 2020 at 10:47 pm #12813
On Sunday 20 December Dr Todd Gray MBE will be the guest on BBC Radio Devon’s South West Soundtrack, a local version of Desert Island Discs with Caroline Cook at about 2.10pm.
It will be available on the BBC website for some time afterwards – https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0908xr518 December 2020 at 3:33 pm #12841ChapelhillParticipant
I noticed that it was being recorded. Is there a link to it, please, anyone?19 December 2020 at 3:43 pm #12842
Todd Gray’s online Christmas talk to us on 18 December was indeed recorded. Watch this space for more information.19 December 2020 at 9:26 pm #12844
Update: I’ve sent a link to Chapelhill. If any other members of the DA (members only, I’m afraid) would like to view Todd’s “Christmas in Devon” talk, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org February 2021 at 1:55 pm #13629
Todd has let us know of a recent piece in DevonLive: “Ancient maps of Exeter unseen for centuries found” which details his discovery of three more 18th-century maps of Exeter. Read it at https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/ancient-maps-exeter-unseen-centuries-4955237
He has also advised us of his Devon history online courses
Each Zoom lecture is illustrated and will be followed by a question and answer session. Booking via email@example.com or 01392 459760
Aspects of Devon’s past which fascinate, captivate and celebrate astonishing achievement – an antidote to our current times.
Over 5 weeks
Tuesday mornings, 10.30 – 11.45 am
16 February – 16 March 2021
England’s carved bench ends, 1450-1700
An examination of the late medieval timber carvings found in churches in the South West (Devon, Cornwall, Dorset and Somerset) with those of East Anglia and Central England.
Over 5 weeks
Thursday mornings, 10.30 – 11.45 am
18 February – 18 March 2021
Featured book: Todd Gray, Devon’s Ancient Bench Ends available to course members at a discount price of £16
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