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.
REMEMBERING THE LOST INDUSTRIAL HISTORY OF EXWICK
25 March 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 three 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.
EXETER'S FIRST WORLD WAR HOSPITALS
13 April 2017
Exeter’s First World War Red Cross Hospitals were amongst the earliest to be commissioned by the War Office after war broke out. Ready by the end of August, they took their first patients in early October and by Christmas 1914 they provided more Red Cross beds than any other provincial town in Britain. This was a lead they maintained, under their redoubtable administrator Georgiana Buller, the only woman to keep her post as Administrator, in defiance of military protocol, under the War Office takeover of large Red Cross hospitals in 1916.
Dr Julia Neville, who is co-ordinating the project researching the war hospitals, will talk about Exeter’s key role amongst the ‘home hospitals’ in treating the sick and wounded. Using pictures lent or bequeathed by those who were patients or staff at the time, she will illustrate daily life in the eight Exeter hospitals, the treatments available, and how local communities pulled together to give time and money to make the patients’ lives as comfortable as possible.
If you want to take historical research further, we recommend you give Exeter Memories a try. Their website has for the last ten years been amassing a wealth of information about Exeter. It is well worth a visit. Just click on this link: www.exetermemories.co.uk.
Another site of interest is http://demolition-exeter.blogspot.co.uk which features fascinating articles on Exeter's lost buildings.