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.





The Guildhall, Behind the Scenes

Saturday, 12 November 2016


The Guildhall is a building of outstanding architectural interest, an ancient monument and a busy working building.  It has served as the centrepiece of Exeter’s civic life for more than 800 years.   Today we will see parts of the Guildhall not normally open to the public: precious objects acquired through the ages displayed in rooms full of history.


Cost is £3; please ensure to book by emailing exeterlocalhistory@gmail.com.  If you don’t have email the phone number is 07503 153 193.  Please don’t just turn up as if full we may have to turn you away.





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
Remembering the lost industrial history of Exwick
Thursday, February 2017
Talk: The History of the YMCA in Exeter with Sam Rainbow
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 to 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) 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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