- 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-4474650
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