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 (details below).  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.


Our regular bi-monthly meetings at Jurys Inn are usually held on the second Wednesday of the month in February, April, June, August, October and December. Our walks/visits are also bi-monthly, usually on the second Wednesday of January, March, May, July, September and November. Full details of future walks and talks are given below.


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:




And do check out this 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.


We hope we will see you soon at one of our many events listed in detail below.


Wednesday, 18 September 2019



A guided tour in and around the High Street  


The walk will start and finish in the city centre. We will stop at each plaque for some information about the subject, so it is not all just walking.  For detailed information or to book, click on My Button below.

Thursday, 17 October 2019


Not QUITE One of Us - Individuals and the Mob with Dr Todd Gray at Jurys Inn, Exeter


An examination of the lives of many individuals who were singled out in Exeter and treated as “different” – not one of us - over the past 400 years.  A talk which is both funny and sad. Those who have heard Todd speak before will attest to the delight he brings to any lecture.  For more information or to book click on “My Button” below.

Saturday, 7 December 2019

CHRISTMAS SPECIAL : History through Song

Jurys Inn, Western Way, Exeter


Jim Causley is an English folk singer, songwriter and musician from Devon who specializes in the traditional songs and music of the West Country. He will explore with us our history from the viewpoint of ordinary folk through the songs they wrote and sang.  For more information and to book, click below on "My Button".


Wednesday, 12 February, 2019


A Miscellany of little known facts about Churches

Jurys Inn, Western Way, Exeter


This fascinating talk includes, amongst many other things, descriptions and details about Ogham Script, Saxon herring bone and long and short styles of building, Beakheads, Bestiaries, Apotropaic Symbols and Funerary Helms.

Thursday, 8 April 2020

'Thomas Gregory - The Lifesaver of Exeter
at Jurys Inn, Western Way, Exeter


Over many years Thomas Gregory and his son, who both lived near Exeter Quay, saved the lives of countless people from drowning on the quayside.  More details to follow.


Bookings will open in January 2020.




For more information our email address is www.exeterlocalhistory@gmail.com


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.

All talks are on the second Wednesday 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 Wednesday of alternate months (January, March, May, July, September November). 

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