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, 13 February, 2019


A Miscellany of little known facts about Churches.

Jurys Inn, Western Way, Exeter


This fascinating talk includes, amongst many other things, descriptions and details about Ogham Script, Saxon herring bone and long and short styles of building, Beakheads, Bestiaries, Apotropaic Symbols and Funerary Helms.


For more details &/or to book, click on "My Button" below.

Wednesday, 12 March 2020


A guided tour behind the scenes at the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum 


Exploring the development of pre-cinema visual culture up to 1910 and celebrating cinema from 1910 to the present.  We will be shown artefacts  covering all aspects of cinema and pre-cinema.  We will cover the history of the moving image over the last 400 years!


For more information and/or to book click on "My Button" below.


Thursday, 9 April 2020


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


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


For more details &/or to book, click on "My Button" below.



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 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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