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. Sometimes our walks are substituted by talks - 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 which we are planning for 2022.  Our talks are held at Jurys Hotel and for anyone concerned about infection we have been  assured that, as far as ventilation and maintaining social distancing are concerned, all directives are followed.


Jury's airconditioning provides clean outside air at regular intervals and we (taking cognisance of social distancing) are limiting the numbers in the room (which normally takes 60) to 30.  We therefore recommend that if any member wishes to attend any event it is booked well in advance with Eventbrite. There is no charge for members to attend any of these gatherings but for non-members the charge is £3.



Talk by Michael Parrott on Thursday, 12 May 2022

at Jurys Inn, Exeter


(postponed due to Covid)


Michael Parrott is well known to us all for his work promoting the achievements of the Polish 307 Squadron during the Second World War with exhibitions and support for relatives.  He also gave us a magnificen talk about the Gregory family who lived by the Exe River and who saved over 500 people from drowning during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.


On 12 May he will turn his attention to the beautiful Higher Cemetery and the superb work that the Friends have done to maintain its excellent standards.


Tickets are free to members and can be obtained by clicking on the green booking link below:

Non-members are very welcome but there is a small charge (£3). Non member tickets can be obtained using the following link: 




Jury's Inn at 7pm onThursday, 9 June


This talk details the history of some hospitals and similar establishments in and around Exeter from Roman times to the 21st century.   It doesn’t deal with ALL local establishments, that would be impossible in the time allowed, nor does it deal with Asylums and Psychiatric care…….that is a work still in progress.


Mike was a Chief Inspector with the Devon and Cornwall Police who has developed an interest in local history in his retirement.  He is a Redcoat Guide and a Cathedral Guide, helps to train aspiring guides in both organisations and is also a member of the Civic Society and the Exeter Forum.


He is married with three children and lives in Exeter.  Mike enjoys meeting people, learning new things, walking and playing golf (very badly!). 


Tickets are free to members and can be obtained by clicking on the green booking link below:

Non-members are most welcome but there is a small (£3) charge.  To obtain tickets please use the following link:

We look forward to seeing you at Jurys on 9 June.

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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