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.


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.






(full details below this chart)



RAMM Visit & walk

University College of the South West


Jurys Inn Lecture Room

The Craft and History of Stained Glass in Exeter with Andrew Johnson


Jurys Inn Lecture Room

Not QUITE One of Us 1500-1900. With Dr Todd Gray


Jurys Inn Lecture Room

Christmas Special !






Our regular bi-monthly meetings at Jurys Inn are held on the second Wednesday of the month for February, April, June, August, October and December 2019. Our walks/visits are also bi-monthly, usually on the second Wednesday of January, March, May, July, September and November. Full details are given below.





Thursday, 18 July 2019


This visit to the University College of the South West, precursor of Exeter University, will commence at RAMM (the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery) where we will learn how education was integral to the vision of the founders. From there we will move on to visit and learn about those nearby buildings erected at the beginning of the 20th Centuryto provide Schools of Art and Science, the Royal Albert Memorial College, teacher training for women (men had St Lukes) and a student hostel for women. 


All this was the realisation of  the founders' concept of providing excellent third-tier education for all in the South West. It was not until 1955 that they were granted full university status. 


This event was originally scheduled for Wednesday, 10 July, and almost immediately became fully booked.  We are glad to be able to offer you the identical course on 18 July.  You are most welcome to add your name to the list for this by using the following link:  




Once you have the screen up, click on TICKETS and then choose number of places required.  The cost is £3.  


We are planning to lunch at RAMM afterwards - but no need to book if you wish to join us.





Talk by expert, Andrew Johnson

Wednesday, 14 August, 2019

Jurys Inn, Western Way, Exeter

Andrew set up his business in 1980, and has worked on cathedrals, minsters, parish churches, country houses and private houses as well as, over the years, with English Heritage, National Trust, Devon Historic Churches Trust and the Council for the care of Churches.


His conservation work is on the principle of minimum intervention, conserving and caring for glass and restoring only where the glass is completely lost due to vandal and/or storm damage.


Andrew is committed to the principle  that glass should be cared for and passed on for next generations to enjoy. His intention is always that the original purpose of the glass is conserved and renewed , whether this involves complete conservation and re-leading of glass, to isothermal protection, or stainless steel window mesh protection.


This event is free to members but booking is essential.  The link is:
Non-members are most welcome but there is a small charge (£3).  Again, it is essential to book and the non-member link is:




Not QUITE One of Us - Individuals and the Mob 1500-1900 with Dr Todd Gray

Jurys Inn, Western Way, Exeter

Tuesday, 8 October 2019


An examination of the lives of many individuals who were singled out in Exeter and treated as “different” – not one of us. Some were celebrated and others derided, banished or executed. Crowds, mobs, local and national governments, churches and vested interests all singled out individuals considered problematic, inconvenient, belligerent, awkward - or illustrious.

Chance, circumstance and choice played a part in bringing these individuals to public fame or notoriety. Heroes and villains are included as well as many who were neither one nor the other.

talk which is both funny and sad. Those who have heard Todd speak before will attest to the delight he brings to any lecture. The cost is £3 and it's essential to book for this popular talk.  To purchase a ticket, the link is:   www.bit.ly/NotOneOfUs.


Members can attend the talk for free and their booking link is:



Please note that availability problems mean that this talk is on a Tuesday instead of our usual Wednesday (if, however, this event fills then it will also be offered on Thursday, 17 October). 




For more information our email address is 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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