Exeter Local History Society members are hooked on history.  If you share our fascination, why not join us?  We have six lecture meetings a year and six guided walks, plus occasional long distance outings, and we cover an incredibly diverse range of subjects from Roman remains to post-WW2 redevelopment.


The charge for each meeting is normally £3 (free to members) and the annual membership fee is £12 (£16 for joint membership). If you sample a meeting and decide to join, the £3 cost would be deducted from your first annual fee.  Walks and visits  normally cost £3 per person and ALL members pay each time for these.  


We also produce six newsletters a year - how about we email you the most recent as a free taster?  to request a copy just email ExeterLocalHistory@gmail.com.  We hope we will see you soon at one of our events, listed below and in "Diary Dates"  below.


In the meantime, check out our website details and see for yourself the great selection of subjects with which we entertain our members.  Just click on "Recent Events" or "Visits & Walks" on the banner at the top of this page to explore our history!  Click on "How To Join Us" for an application form.






Michael Parrott


Thursday, 8 December 2016 at Jury’s Inn


Over 70 years ago Exeter was defended from the Luftwaffe’s bombing raids by a small band of comrades, the Polish 307 Squadron RAF known as "The Eagle Owls". That night-fighter squadron has become widely forgotten, not just in Exeter but even in Poland. 


When local amateur historian Michael Parrott discovered a wooden plaque in a chapel within the Higher Cemetery, little did he know that it would take him on an amazing journey of discovery about that Squadron. 


He will tell us how he has spent the last four years researching and promoting the role of that Polish squadron.  He has met and recorded interviews with veterans, helped family members discover more about relatives who served in the squadron, and, as a member of the 307 Squadron Project, a British-Polish registered charity, held a number of exhibitions both in the UK and Poland.  They have thousands of followers on Facebook.


Free to members.  Cost for non-members is £3.   Booking is essential, just email exeterlocalhistory@ gmail.com.






Saturday 14 January 2017


The history of Exwick goes back almost a thousand years. It is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 when it had a Mill and a Manor.  By the late 18th Century it had 3 working Mills and a factory making woollen goods, all now closed and gone - bar one still standing empty and forlorn.


The hills to the North and East, once wooded and later clad in green fields, are now smothered in buildings including many housing estates.  But despite all this, enough of the past still exists, tucked away, to give a good idea of the importance of the village of Exwick, just across the river from the city of Exeter.


This walk will be an opportunity to stretch our legs after Christmas!






Thursday,  9 February 2017
Talk: The History of the YMCA in Exeter with Sam Rainbow
Thursday, 9 March 2017
Walk : Exeter University Gardens
Thursday, 13 April 2017
Talk: Exeter's First World War Hospitals with Julia Neville
Wednesday 10 May 2017
Visit:  Tiverton Castle
Thursday, 8 June 2017
Talk: Georgian Exeter with Kate Osborn





If you want to take historical research further, we recommend you give Exeter Memories a try.  Their website (www.exetermemories.co.uk)  has for the last ten years been amassing a wealth of information about Exeter.  It is well worth a visit.

All talks are on the second Thursday of alternate months (February, April, June, August, October & December).                                                           All meetings start at 7 pm and are held at JURYS INN, Western Way, Exeter EX1 2DB.                                                                                                 Free parking is available from 6pm in the Triangle Car Park at the rear of Jurys.                                                                                         Walks/visits are usually on the second Thursday of alternate months (January, March, May, July, September November). 

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