Events and Activities


Devon Heritage Services - events for autumn 2014

  • Devon History Forum Annual Meeting, 3 November 2014


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  • Explore Your Archive Week, 10-15 November, 2014
    During the week beginning Monday 10th November, we are getting together with our colleagues from the Meteorological Office, Exeter Cathedral, Exeter University and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum to stage a series of events designed to showcase the city’s archival treasures. This is called Exploring Exeter’s Archives, and forms part of the national Explore Your Archive campaign which is being co-ordinated by the National Archives and the Archives and Records Association.

    On the afternoon of Monday 10th November we are staging an event called Exploring Devon’s Hidden Heritage, at which a range of the most impressive and significant documents from the collections of the Heritage Centre and the National Meteorological Archive, which is also based in Great Moor House, will be displayed.

Documents on display will include:

  • from the National Meteorological Archive, weather charts relating to the Allied invasion of Normandy on ‘D-Day’, 1944, the original Beaufort Scale, materials from the Scott Antarctic Expedition of 1911, Private Weather Diaries mentioning victory at Trafalgar, the first weather forecast prepared by Vice-Admiral Robert Fitzroy, founder of the Met Office, and ships’ logs including mention of the Titanic disaster.
  • from the Devon Heritage Centre, items from the Exeter City Archives, including John Hooker’s 16th century History of Exeter, maps of the county from the 16th century to the 20th, some of the oldest books published in the county, old photographs of many historic landmarks and landscapes and material from the Heritage Centre’s vast collection of parish and diocesan records.

Whatever the weather, members of staff from both archive services will be available to answer questions about any aspect of research.

Later in the week there will be a range of talks and workshops at Exeter Cathedral, and members of Devon Heritage Services staff will be present at some of these.

Past events at Devon Heritage Centre

  • Researching World War One event, September 2014

    On Monday 8th September a successful one day event was held at the Devon Heritage Centre in connection with the Devon Remembers project. It was designed to assist local historians in their research on individuals involved in World War I, and on wartime events in their own parish or town. An audience of approximately forty people listened to informative talks by Rob Palmer of the British Military History website, Ann Bond of the Kenton Past and Present Society and Jan Wood, an archivist on the staff of the Heritage Centre. We hope that the day gave those who attended some vital pointers to ways in which they can enhance and develop their research, and we look forward to seeing many of them in the Heritage Centre searchroom.
  • Radio Devon broadcast, January 2014

    The ‘Good Morning Devon’ programme, broadcast live from the Devon Heritage Centre on 17 January 2014, was a great success and made for a really interesting listen. Several staff got up especially early to contribute to the show’s success. The presenter, Matt Woodley, sent us a nice thank you afterwards and said that he had received universally positive feedback about the programme. Matt has given us an audio recording of the show to go with the archive copy of the Radio Devon audio time capsule which he presented to Devon Heritage Centre on the day. It  must be physically the smallest deposit in the history of the record office – a mini-USB memory stick with the BBC Radio Devon ‘audio time capsule’ on it. Ian Ponsford of Conservation has made it a bespoke box and it’s now stored in the fridge in the photographic strongroom. Irene Andrews has made a copy of both audio recordings on CD for use in the searchroom, should anyone ask to listen to them.
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  • Open Day 2012