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.  


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.




 Tuesday, 6 September 2016

100 Things You Should Know About Exeter


Members can enjoy an exceptional evening when the well-known and entertaining historian (and member), Dr Todd Gray, will be skipping through the city’s history relating little-known but fascinating events that have occurred in the City over the last 500 years.


Todd is well known throughout Exeter for his many books on the city’s history (numbering over 40!) and for his delightful and often very humorous presentations of our past.  We are delighted that Todd will be exploring some little known events in our history and members can be assured there will be some startling revelations.


We have booked the largest conference room at Jurys for this event as Todd is so well-known and so popular.  However, we would request that if you plan to come you let us know well in advance. We are only requesting you to book on this occasion for fear we might have to turn people away at the door if we exceed the fire safety regulations for the numbers of people in the room. 


Phone 07503 153 193 or email exeterlocalhistorysociety@gmail.com for full details.  Tickets cost £4.



  History of Waste Disposal in Exeter

                   Visit to the Recycling Centre               

       Thursday, 15 September 2016

In olden days, recycling consisted of a pig.  In went uneatable food and in due course the pig provided many a good meal – or money if it was sold.


Recycling through the centuries has become somewhat more sophisticated leading to today’s complex systems.  On 15 September we will have a talk on the history of recycling (which incidentally provides a fascinating picture of how ordinary people’s living conditions changed through the ages).  The talk ends with a Q&A session and a tour of the recycling plant.


Spaces are limited; reservations essential.  To book email exeterlocalhistory@gmail.com or phone 07503 153 193.  Cost as usual is £3.



Thursday, 13 October

Jury’s Inn at 7pm


Malcolm Foster has always been passionate about Medieval English history and taught the subject at St. John’s, Sidmouth, for many years. As a composer, Malcolm has written many pieces for piano, as well as a song cycle “On Romney Marsh not far from Rye”, which was recorded in 1986. His hobby has always been writing and he wrote and produced more than a hundred plays for his pupils at St. John’s. He has produced plays at the Manor Pavilion in Sidmouth and at the lovely theatre in Stonehouse, Plymouth. In June 2013 he published his first novel “The Eyes of Exeter” and followed it up with a second, in September 2013, “The Demon in the Bones”. His aim is to be a full-time writer, earn loads of money and travel the world promoting his books.


To book email exeterlocalhistory@gmail.com or, if you don’t have email, telephone 07503 153 193.




Saturday, 12 November 2016
The Guildhall: Behind the scenes
Thursday, 8 December 2016
Polish Air Fighters in WW2
Saturday, 14 January 2017
Remembering the lost industrial history of Exwick
Thursday, 13 April 2017
Exeter's First World War Hospitals. Talk by Julia Neville





If you want to take historical research further, we recommend you give Exeter Memories a try.  Their website (www.exetermemories.co.uk) is run by a member and 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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