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 and six guided walks, plus occasional 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 each for members and visitors.


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 ExeterLocalHistory@gmail.com.  We hope we will see you soon at one of our events, listed below under "Up and Coming Events".


In the meantime, check out our 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.




Over the period 5 March - 23 April  from 1-2pm and, in collaboration with thChurches Conservation Trust, we are providing Monday lunch time talks at St Martin's Church in Cathedral Close.   For full details click Monday Lectures  on the banner at the top of this page.
Meanwhile, our regular bi-monthly meetings at Jurys Inn will in future be on the second Wednesday in the month for February, April, June, August, October and December 2018, all at Jurys Inn.  A 5-month listing is below.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018 Talk at Jurys Inn


Martin Horrell will talk about reredoses (altar screens) generally and in paticular the reredos in St David's Church here in Exeter and the finest Gothic carver of his era, Nathaniel Hitch, who carved it.  Finally, Martin will tell of the individual fate (often gruesome) of each of the people shown on the reredos. The talk is illustrated with about 100 photographs.


It is essential to book in advance as just to turn up could mean being refused entry if all the seats have been allocated.  The event is free to members with a £3 charge for non-members - okay to  pay at the door on the night.

To book your place contact  

Wednesday, 14 March 2018 Walk
A walk around Newtown with a guide who will explain the history of the area.
This event costs £3 and is open to non members.   Everyone will meet up at 10:45 and then walk around Newtown finishing up at the Clifton Inn at around 12:30pm.  To book contact https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-walk-around-newtown-tickets-41541983190 
NOTE:  This event is currently fully booked but we are negotiating a second date so please put your name on the waiting list (click on "Join Waitlist" so that we can contact you with the new dates.  And there may of course be cancellations for 14 March.
Wednesday, 11 April 2018 Talk at Jurys Inn
The history of Exeter Cathedral by renowned archaeologist, John Allen
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 Talk at Jurys Inn

"Exeter’s First Women Voters"   Talk by Dr Julia Neville at Jurys Inn.
Wednesday, 8 August 2018 Talk at Jurys Inn
"Exeter Workmens' Dwellings"  Talk by Richard Holladay




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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