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 have just published our 100th newsletter - quite a milestone.  An article by Bob Crawley detailing the last fifty years of Exeter`s history from a small boy's viewpoint, was included in the newsletter though somewhat shortened.  Do read the complete article (just click on "Exeter`s Post War History" on the banner at the top of this page). 


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 below.




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, all at Jurys Inn. Our walks/visits are also bi-monthly and are also usually on the second Wednesday of the month i.e. January, March, May, July, September and November.  Details of future events are below.

Friday, 22 March 2019

at 7pm


Celebrate the 100th anniversary of our newsletter at the wonderful St Katherine's Priory, which is somewhat older than our newsletters as founded around 1159 !


Only open to members - full details from exeterlocalhistory@gmail.com


Tickets for this passworded event can be obtained via:





Wednesday, 10 April 2019

7pm at Jurys Inn, Western Way, Exeter


Talk by Peter Thomas.  A highly visual presentation covering a 40-year involvement with local history.  The talk will cover the wide range of Exeter books Peter has created and he warns that there could be controversial aspects in relation to fighting to maintain the city's cultural profile!

Peter will also present his concerns that the Isca Historical Photographic Collection, established in 1974, could now be at risk which would mean that the city would lose an irreplaceable historical resource.
To book the link is:

Explore the Quay and its History

Wednesday, 8 May 2019


We will be meeting our guide at 11.00 in a coffee shop on the Quay for a short talk before we set off towards the Port Royal, then over Willey's Bridge to visit the Canal and the Basin with its relics of Isambard Kingdom Brunel's railway and Exeter's tram system.  


The tour then visits the Custom House (guns,guns, guns!) and provides an opportunity to examine John Abbot's superb plasterwork.  The tour will be interspersed with interesting stories about the history of the places we visit and will end at around 12.30pm.  The cost is £3 and tickets can be obtained from:




Please don't just turn up as the chances are, that if the event is fully booked, we will all suffer the hideous embarrassment of having to turn you away.


The Green Lanes of Devon with Valerie Besley
Wednesday 12 June 2019 
7pm at Jurys Inn, Western Way, Exeter
 'Every lane has its history - it is not just there by accident.' wrote W.G. Hoskins. 
Valerie has been working in and studying green lanes for over 30 years. She is passionate about them and campaigns unstintingly for their survival.  She will talk to us about her work and will be accompanied by Jim Causley who tours and records songs about his ancestor Charles Causley, the Clay mining poet of Cornwall, but above all about Devon, his beloved Dummnonia.


So between them this duo will give us tales and tunes written in the key of history.




Wednesday, 10 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 concept to provide excellent third tier education for all in the South West. It was not until 1955 that they were granted full university status.


Tickets costing £3 can be obtained using the following link:





Wednesday, 14 August 2019

The  craft and  history of stained glass in Exeter with expert, Andrew Johnson.



Wednesday, 11 December 2019

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




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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