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.






                   Visit to the Recycling Centre               

       Wednesday, 28 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 28 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).  This will be followed by a tour of the recycling centre and then a talk from the recycling expert and a Q&A session (do you need to remove the cellophane from your envelopes when recycling? How clean do tins of dog food need to be ?  Bring all your recycling queries).


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




Malcolm Foster


Thursday, 13 October at 7pm at Jury’s Inn


William the Conqueror, to consolidate his power, besieged Exeter when the Saxons openly defied him. He won.  Not a hundred years later, civil war raged through England and Exeter is once again at the centre of things. This time the city was besieged by King Stephen while Exeter Castle was held in the name of the Empress Maud.


Malcolm Foster has always been passionate about Medieval English history.  His book “The Eyes of Exeter” was a stunning historical novel about Exeter’s resistance  to William the Conqueror. He followed this up with a second book,  “The Demon in the Bones” in September 2013


Malcolm Foster has always been passionate about Medieval English history and taught the subject at St. John’s, Sidmouth, for many years. He has also written many pieces for piano, as well as a song cycle “On Romney Marsh not far from Rye”, which was recorded in 1986. On top of these accomplishments he has written and produced more than a hundred plays for his pupils at St. John’s as well as producing plays at the Manor Pavilion in Sidmouth and at the lovely theatre in Stonehouse, Plymouth. 


We are delighted that Malcolm is to talk to us about theNorman period in our history and believe that this is the first time the Society has heard a talk centered around those times.


To book a place for this talk please either email exeterlocalhistory@gmail.com or, if you don’t have email, telephone 07503 153 193.






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.




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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