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.



Friday, 24 July 2020

(this event originally scheduled for 11 June has been postponed due to lockdown)


Exeter’s Theatre on the Hill

The Northcott Devon Theatre and Arts Centre opened on 2nd November 1967 with 'The Merchant of Venice', starring Tony Church, its first Artistic Director, as Shylock.


The abolition of stage censorship in 1968 enabled greater freedom of production and the 1972 production of Howard Brenton's 'Measure for Measure' set in a strip club was widely castigated as seedy.  Many other productions were seen as ‘challenging’ by more traditional audience members!


Archivist Caroline Walter will show us photographs, posters, programmes, stage plans, prompt books, press cuttings and much, much more.  She will also explain a project which will allow Exeter communities to delve into this rich history, its stories and voices together with expanding the archive by generating new memories.


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

Thursday, 13 August 2020



"Fine day, but cold and dull" - even on the day of Armistice, November 11, 1918, Field Marshall Sir Douglas Haig recognised the importance of the weather in his dairies.  But at the start of the First World War the British generals, under the leadership of Sir John French, were a little less willing to involve the Meteorological Office in the conflict.  That was until April 1915 when the first gas attacks were launched.
This talk is about how Meteorology came from the sidelines to play a vital role in military planning during the First World War, especially in gas and air operations, and how it went on to influence strategic decision-making down the years.
For more details &/or to book, click on "My Button" 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 start with coffee and the walk will take approximately two hours.  Many may choose to stay for lunch afterwards.


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


We are hoping, with all fingers and toes crossed, that our projected return boat trip down the canal to lunch at Double Locks will still take place on 17 September 2020.  However, we must await a decision from our lords and masters as to whether this trip will be legal on that day.  For more information and to reserve your place, click on "My Button" below.


Thursday, 15 October 2020


Talk at Jurys Inn Exeter by John Fisher: Charles Dickens'

Devon Christmas Present

Thursday, 10 December 2020

Talk at Jurys Inn Exeter by Richard Holladay: Elands Books

(NOTE: To avoid Christmas shopping problems this day/date

might be changed)


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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