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 These alternate with six guided walks, plus we occasionally have 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 will be deducted from your first annual fee. Walks and visits normally cost £3 p.p. for members and visitors alike.
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 us at
We hope we will see you soon at one of our events, listed below under "Up and Coming Events".
In the meantime, check out our website 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 programme history! Click on "How To Join Us" for an application form.
FUTURE EVENTS FOR YOUR DIARY
Wednesday, 4 April 2018 Walk
This illustrated talk by the Cathedral’s own archaeologist, tells in great and often amusing detail the history of the cathedral.
John is a great speaker and his skills in providing a high standard of buildings analysis, research and assessment while producing talks that are reliable, well-illustrated, and free from jargon are highly regarded.
The talk is free to members but it is essential to book in advance as just to turn up could mean being refused entry if all the seats have been allocated. To book your place contact:
Non members are welcome. The cost is £3. Book your ticket as above and okay to pay at the door.
Walk on Wednesday, 9 May 2018
Our next outside event is to visit Heavitree. This is a wonderful opportunity to see inside St Clare’s, that tiny little church in the middle of the road – a traffic planner’s nightmare ! This little chapel was built so that people could pray for the souls of those being hanged outside !
We will start our walk, however, at the Catholic Church, an unusual building (right) which I always think looks very mosque-like. It is beautiful inside and its structure is fascinating. We will then visit Gordon’s memorial (from the days when European coountries raced each other to annex portions of Africa) and the scene of hangings and burnings (from the days when such punishments were considered acceptable).
Hopefully we can see inside the charming almshouses before the big treat - visiting St Clare’s. We will then be taken to St Michael’s just down the road (which has two reredoses – one by Gilbert Stephens!) before returning to our cars. Easy parking is being arranged!
This event costs £3 for members and non-members alike. The link to book and pay is:
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 Talk at Jurys
"Exeter’s First Women Voters" Talk by Dr Julia Neville at Jurys Inn
Wednesday, 8 August 2018 Talk at Jurys Inn
"Exeter Workmens' Dwellings" Talk by Richard Holladay
For more information our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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.