History

WITCH - an original historical drama

Event Date: 
06/04/2019 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Venue: 
Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay, TQ1 1HG

Circle of Spears Productions are bring their acclaimed play WITCH to Torbay for the first time. Based on original witness evidence from a 1687 Dorset witch trial, WITCH examines the perils of being a woman alone in the early modern era. It's an emotive piece about witchcraft trials which contains neither a trial nor any witchcraft - instead it looks at the interpersonal relationships of those involved and focuses on the human story behind such accusations. The case is examined purely from a social history perspective to highlight how easily an accusation of witchcraft could arise against...

Curious About Exeter

Event Date: 
01/01/2019 - 10:00am to 31/12/2019 - 4:00pm
Venue: 
Exeter City Centre, starting from Northenhay Gardens

Explore, Discover & Enjoy Exeter with Curious About Exeter

Are you curious about Exeter? Looking for an unusual and quirky activity which gets you out in the fresh air whatever the weather? Take one of our self-guided walks with a treasure hunt theme – looping around the better-known sights, as well as some of the more unusual and quirky ones, which combined make Exeter a fascinating place to explore!

You’ll get everything – detailed directions, maps, clues (with answers in the back!), and interesting snippets about the history of Exeter and the people that have shaped...

200th volunteer joins the search for Devon’s Roman history

The 200th volunteer has joined the search for more clues about the Roman occupation of Devon at a major archaeological dig in the county.

Members of the community and experts from the University of Exeter are once again investigating fields near Ipplepen, in South Devon, to discover more about a site occupied by Iron Age, Roman, and early medieval communities who lived more than a thousand years ago.

The public can see historical treasures uncovered during this year’s excavations at an Open Day on Saturday 8th September. People will be able to have a tour of the excavation...

Fun, summertime, open-air, family performance - open to all!!

Event Date: 
22/07/2018 - 2:00pm
Venue: 
Custom House, The Quay, Exeter

LAUNCH OF THE HEAVITREE QUARRY TRAILS!!

A celebration of Exeter's historic buildings through a loving look at our locally quarried "Heavitree Stone". Family-fun performance, information and friendly chats with our "Quarrymen".

Sign up here! - http://www.heavitreesquilometre.org/heavitree-quarries.html

Primary school pupils to re-enact famous day in Devon’s history at Killerton

Sixty-seven children from Year 5 at Broadclyst Community Primary School (BCPS) will be taking on the challenge of re-enacting a famous day in Devon’s history when they perform Gertrude’s Garden Party in the house and grounds of National Trust Killerton on 14 and 15 June.

The 9/10-year-olds will recreate a day in the early 1900s when a large number of people attended a garden party, held by lady of the house Gertrude Acland. Speaking at the party were anti-suffrage campaigners, because Gertrude was directly opposed to the views of her daughter Eleanor– a staunch Suffragist.

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Exeter Dissenters Graveyard open days

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 06/06/2018 - 9:48am

The Dissenters Graveyard will be open to visitors between 11am and 4pm on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th June.

Visitors can:

Take the opportunity to walk through the nearly restored graveyard and browse through the range of information on the histories of the Graveyard, of Dissent, of the monuments and the people associated with site.

Hear about previous excavations including an investigation of an intact underground vault with visible burials.

Hear about the histories and sometimes the transatlantic connections of families represented in the Graveyard....

Human Cargo - A SPELLBINDING LOOK AT MIGRATION THROUGH HISTORIC STORY AND FOLKSONG

Event Date: 
12/06/2018 - 8:00pm to 10:30pm
Venue: 
The Exeter Phoenix

Acclaimed storyteller Matthew Crampton (Five Stars, Guardian) unites with American folk music legend Jeff Warner in a new show based on Crampton’s book Human Cargo: Songs & Stories of Emigration, Slavery & Transportation.

Human Cargo gives voice to past exiles – emigrants, slaves, transportees – to shed fresh light on today’s migrations.

Through the accompanying Parallel Lives project, it includes – wherever it performs - local stories of migration and partnership with local refugee and migrant support groups.

In a remarkable evening of story and song,...

Doctor John Rutter Reflects on the Last 35 Years of Hospiscare

Authored by Hospiscare
Posted: Fri, 12/29/2017 - 10:58pm

As 2017 draws to a close, the year when local charity Hospiscare celebrated its 35th Anniversary, Dr John Rutter who worked for the organisation in the early 80s is back working there again now at the age of 69. He reflects on how it all started and looks back on his own career to share his thoughts on caring for patients with a terminal illness.

Dr John, who is married and has five daughters, has always lived in Exeter. He recalls: “Back in the 1980s I was caring for the father of one of my friends. He was dying of cancer. I remember visiting him throughout the night and...

Curious About Exeter?

Event Date: 
01/01/2018 - 9:00am to 31/12/2018 - 5:00pm
Venue: 
Exeter City Centre, starting from Northenhay Gardens

Explore, Discover & Enjoy Exeter with Curious About Exeter

Are you curious about Exeter? Looking for an unusual and quirky activity which gets you out in the fresh air whatever the weather? Take one of our self-guided walks with a treasure hunt theme – looping around the better-known sights, as well as some of the more unusual and quirky ones, which combined make Exeter a fascinating place to explore!

You’ll get everything – detailed directions, maps, clues (with answers in the back!), and interesting snippets about the history of Exeter and the people that have shaped...

Experts study the past and present in new state-of-the-art Digital Humanities Laboratory

Experts are using cutting-edge technologies to study the past and present in a new, state-of-the-art digital humanities laboratory at the University of Exeter.

The £1.2m new building houses cutting-edge tools so academics can use the latest methods to investigate important historical, literary and visual artefacts. The laboratory contains specialist scanning equipment which can create high-resolution 3D models of objects too fragile to be handled, allowing them to be studied in detail and seen by the public for the first time while helping to protecting them for future generations...

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