Devon Heritage Services

Devon History Forum

Introducing the Devon History Forum

The Devon History Forum acts as a co-ordinating forum providing mutual support, advice, information, training opportunities, events and online networking for all groups, organisations and bodies interested in exploring, collecting and promoting all aspects of the unique history and heritage of the county of Devon.

The Forum operates without a formal constitution, committee structure or any of the usual administrative trappings of a large society, and it is hoped that this will help to create a truly collaborative mutual support network operating across the county. There is an annual get-together and regular meetings and training opportunities, many of which take place at the Devon Heritage Centre in Exeter, but our meetings can also be held in other suitable venues throughout Devon. An important element of these meetings is to exchange information, share ideas and best practice and encourage a co-ordinated approach to furthering the awareness of Devon’s heritage.

An online networking platform is absolutely central to the success of the Devon History Forum and we have established a Devon History Forum’ page on Facebook to act as a channel for discussion, posting news and coming events and generally encouraging the development of an online Devon History community that is open to all, amateur and professional alike, with similar interests and concerns. Please visit our page on a regular basis and add your content and views – obviously, you or your organisation will need to have a Facebook account yourselves in order to do this but it is very quick and easy to set this up and it is totally free to participate.

Our current focus in the Devon Heritage Service is on supporting community heritage projects and, particularly, the digitisation of local collections including oral history material. We are establishing a Devon Heritage community on the innovative community heritage website eHive, and we would be happy to advise and guide groups who have material they would like to promote more effectively through this channel.

To register your wish to join the Forum please send an email to giving your name, the group you belong to (if any – we are happy for individuals to join the forum) and your contact details. You will then be added to our membership directory to ensure that you receive up to date information on developments.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Devon History Forum.

Tim Wormleighton, Heritage Services Manager, Devon Heritage Services


Devon History Forum training event 2013

The inaugural History Forum training event was held at Devon Heritage Centre on 15 July, 2013. Topics identified by Forum members covered on the day were an introduction to eHive and using social media.

Feedback from the event was uniformly positive.

Devon History Forum


Devon History Forum annual meeting 2013

The annual meeting of the Forum was held at the Heritage Centre on 23 September, 2013, and it included interesting presentations by Freeline Graphics on how they can help local groups with their presentations through fixed displays and touchscreen units, Maureen Selley on the work of Devon Family History Society, Katie Findlay of the Blackdown Hills Outstanding Area Of Natural Beauty on their successful ‘Dunkeswell War Stories’ oral history project, and Julia Neville on how the Devon History Society can help to support cross-community research projects.

Unfortunately, there was only time for a brief look at the Dunkeswell project DVD on the day, so we are planning to feature it in more depth at the next Service Point meeting scheduled for 9 December 2013.

Websites of the major county history and heritage societies in Devon:

Researching the First World War at the Devon Heritage Centre

The Devon History Forum, in association with the Devon Remembers Project, will be holding a Researching World War One Information Day on Monday 8 September 2014 at the Devon Heritage Centre. Speakers will give presentations on Military History, Community Research projects and problem solving research difficulties.

Places will be limited, so to book your place, please contact Brian Carpenter on tel: 01392 380573 or email by Monday 1 September, 2014.

Please also let Brian know if you have a specific problem or enquiry which you would like to submit for the Problem Solving session.