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)



Jurys Inn Lecture Room

Green Lanes with Valerie Belsey


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

To be confirmed


Jurys Inn Lecture Room

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


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.


The Green Lanes of Devon with Valerie Belsey
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 (whose poetry - often about Cornish clay mines - was praised by Ted Hughes) but above all Jim's songs are about Devon, his beloved Dummnonia.
Between them this duo will give us tales and tunes written in the key of history.
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:




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. 


This event is now fully booked but we are hoping to run an identical course on 18 July.  You are most welcome to add your name to the waiting list for this using the following link:  



Once you have the screen up, click on TICKETS and then JOIN WAITLIST. 

As soon as a vacancy becomes available, we will let you know.






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

Wednesday, 11 December 2019


Exeter has a long history of mob violence, much of it organised by key parts of the establishment.  Examples of these will be examined along with other reasons why individuals have been set apart from the rest of society over the last five hundred years.




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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