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.


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


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.

Thursday, 10 September 2020

Guided tour visiting some of the glorious sculptures in the University grounds

The  beautiful Streatham Campus hosts 39 sculptures, mostly in the open.    The variety of the many sculptures we shall see is quite amazing and they are all situated in the University's beautiful grounds. This walk is mainly on the level and we will meet at the bus stop in Queen’s Drive. We will probably (depending on current covid rules) start with coffee and the walk will take approximately two hours.  Many may choose to stay for lunch afterwards.  The cost for the walk is, as usual, £3.


To find out more and/or to book please use the following link:





Charles Dickens’ devon Christmas present :

Thursday, 15 October 2020


John Fisher, writer, author, script and sketch-writer, cartoonist, public speaker. National Trust Volunteer and would-be ukelele virtuoso, now re-visits Christmas hereabouts in Exeter and in particular Charles Dickens’s immortal “A Christmas Carol”.


Winter or summer, at home or abroad, Dickens always wore a button-hole of holly when he gave a public reading of A Christmas Carol.  He first picked his holly sprig during an after supper stroll through Rougemont Gardens on a warm August evening in Exeter in 1858.


It is essential to book for this popular event as places are limited.  It is, of course, free to members and the link is:






Thursday, 10 December 2020

Talk at Jurys Inn Exeter by Richard Holladay, on Elands Books.   (NOTE: To avoid Late Night Christmas shopping crowds, the day/date might be changed)


Thursday, 11 March 2021

Walk around St Pancras Parish with John Allan who will describe who lived where in the Middle Ages and what they did for a living - and other things they did!


Thursday, 8 April 2021

Talk at Jurys Inn Exeter by Dr Todd Gray who will give us a rare glimpse into woollen cloth-making - Exeter’s most important export for many centuries.


Thursday, 10 June 2021

Talk at Jurys Inn, Exeter by Robert Hesketh on Exeter’s Tudor & Regency Buildings.

All talks are now on the second Thursday 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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