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Devon Heritage Services - events for autumn 2014

Staff from Devon Heritage Centre will be participating in the following events in October:

Devon Family History Society AGM & Conference, Saturday 4 October 2014

To be held at The Mint Methodist Church, Fore Street, Exeter EX4 3AT

The theme of this year’s conference is : In which they served - finding your family in wartime

Devon History Society AGM & First World War Conference, Saturday 11 October 2014

To be held at Lecture Theatre C, Streatham Court, University of Exeter, EX4 4QJ.

The Cruellest and Most Terrible War that has ever scourged Mankind’ is the theme of the DHS Annual Conference, held after the AGM.

An exhibition on First World War research undertaken by local history societies will be available for viewing from 9.30 a.m. The AGM is at 10.00 a.m., and the conference runs from 11.15 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

The event is open to Devon History Society members, their guests, and members of affiliate local history societies; the programme and booking details are now online.

Friends of Devon's Archives AGM & Conference, Monday 20 October, 2014

To be held here at the Devon Heritage Centre, Great Moor House, Sowton, Exeter.
The theme of this year's conference is Crime and Punishment, and speakers have been finalised.

Speaking this year are Angela Sutton-Vane (Curator at the Devon & Cornwall Constabulary Heritage & Learning Resource (the police museum at Okehampton) and PhD student at the Open University’s International Centre for the History of Crime, Policing and Justice); Dr John Booker (Formerly Deputy County Archivist at Essex Record Office and Chief Archivist at Lloyds Bank and currently volunteer cataloguer and palaeography tutor at the Devon Heritage Centre); David Hawkings (Researcher and author of several genealogical publications, including Criminal Ancestors and Bound for Australia) and Professor Kim Stevenson (Professor of SocioLegal History at the University of Plymouth and Co-director of the SOLON network of universities (Interdisciplinary Studies in Law, Crime and History).

Subjects range from The Case of the Missing Crime Files and the Future of Policing History, through The Right to Remain Silent Project: Cataloguing Devon’s Quarter Sessions records, Bound for Australia: A Westcountry Case Study to Newspaper Crime Reporting in the 19th and Early 20th Century

Devon History Forum Annual Meeting, 3 November 2014

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.
  • Who Do You Think You Are? (42KB - pdf help)

  • Open Day 2012

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