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.


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.







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Exeter’s Plaques


Jurys Inn Lecture Room

Not QUITE One of Us with Dr Todd Gray 

Wednesday, 11 December 2019. 7pm at Jurys Inn, Western Way, Exeter.

Jurys Inn Lecture Room




Christmas Special.  History through the contemporaneous thoughts (and voices) of  ordinary people.  We will explore our history via folk songs from Jim Causley (who sang for us on 12 June).


Jurys Inn Lecture Room

Thomas Gregory - The Lifesaver of Exeter



A guided tour of plaques in and around the High Street  


Wednesday, 18 September 2019

This afternoon event on 18 September will be fascinating.  We will be visiting plaques of famous Exeter people and also looking at some historic places on the way.  An interesting slant is that we won't, as we normally do, be looking at history chronologically.  We will move from plaque to plaque, perhaps from one with a WW1 date then backwards in time to one which might cover a Victorian event.   And so on and so forth …  


The walk will be starting and finishing in the city centre. We will stop at each place for some information about the subject, so it is not all just walking.  The event will commence at 2pm and take between 1½ - 2 hrs.   We could then go for tea or coffee afterwards, as a group or individually.


Tickets will be available from 9 am on Saturday, 13 July 2019.  The cost as usual is £3 and the booking 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:  


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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). 


CHRISTMAS SPECIAL : History through Song

Saturday, 7 December at 7pm

Jurys Inn, Western Way, Exeter


Christmas Special. History through the contemporaneous thoughts (and voices) of ordinary people. We will explore our history via folk songs from Jim Causley who is an English folk singer, songwriter and musician from Devon who specializes in the traditional songs and music of the West Country. Born in Exeter, he is a relative of the Cornish poet Charles Causley.

Described by Mojo Magazine as "the finest singer of his generation", Causley grew up in the heart of Cider Country, an area rich in traditional music with its thriving wassailing tradition and its close proximity to Sidmouth and Dartmoor folk festivals.

The event is free to members but booking is essential.  The link is: 




Non members are most welcome but there is a small charge (£3).  The relevant booking link will be open from 6pm on 22 August.




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

Thursday, 8 April 2020 at 7pm


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




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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