History

Zoo celebrates global tree expert’s Devon roots

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Tue, 09/10/2013 - 11:52am

Paignton Zoo Environmental Park is marking the role South Devon played in the career of the man regarded around the world as the father of modern tree surgery.

John Davey served a six-year apprenticeship in horticulture and landscape gardening in Torquay. He moved to the US and became a leading tree expert, publishing his first book, 'The Tree Doctor', in 1901.

Now, Paignton Zoo is planting a tree to commemorate his Devon connection. Catherine Mortimer, Paignton Zoo Head Gardener, explained: “John Davey is almost unknown in this country, but in the US he is...

Newtown History Cafe

Event Date: 
11/08/2013 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Venue: 
Belmont Park, Exeter

The history of Newtown will be revealed at the cafe in Belmont Park on Sunday 11 August. An exhibition, entitled ‘Newtown through the Ages’ will show how the area has developed over the centuries from the Roman period to present day. Newtown certainly has a lot more history than what might be expected.

The cafe is open from 2pm-4pm and is followed by a historical guided walk of the local area starting at 4.15pm at the hut in Belmont Park.

The walk will include information on a twelfth century chapel, a 19th century school that was only in existence for a few years but was...

Past Present Future Project is seeking volunteers and memories

Authored by curatorex
Posted: Mon, 04/22/2013 - 9:13am

The Exeter Community Centre Trust is launching its Past Present Future Project and is seeking volunteers.

A call-out has been released by Community Development worker, Stuart Crewes: "We’re looking for people to act as Memory Collectors to help us in a grand-scale project; which will see Arts and Community activities and workshops happening at the Centre.

"You’ll ideally be from the area and have some time to spend talking with residents old and new and supporting us to record and build an archive of material to contribute to the project. We’ll be offering interview...

Marsh Barton Security Services celebrates 30 years of trading

Marsh Barton Security Services celebrates 30 years of trading next month and new owner Marcus Di-Vincenzo takes stock of how far security has actually come from when it was first required back in the middle ages.

Until the 1980s, the term Watchmen was more commonly applied to the function known as security, a usage dating back to at least 1233 when the Ordinance applied the need for such a service. This term was carried over to North America where it was interchangeable with night-watchman until both terms were replaced with the modern security-based titles. Security guards are...

New e-Book about Exeter now available on iTunes

The first e-Book written specifically about Exeter for Apple's popular iPad tablet computer has been released in the iTunes Store. Entitled Historic Buildings of Exeter, it has been written by David Cornforth, who is behind the popular Exeter Memories website.

The digital book uses many features available in the iBook format, allowing the reader to swish back and forth between pages, make notes and access a glossary of specific highlighted words in the text. It has dozens of full colour photographs, that take advantage of the iPad's display. Many use the whole screen,...

Free family history research on offer at new Heritage Centre

Members of the Devon Family History Society will be on hand at Devon County Council’s newly opened Heritage Centre on Thursday (1st November between 10am and 3pm) to offer advice and help for people tracing their family trees.

Members of the public can book a free 45 minute slot with a member of the team to find out more about using genealogy websites and accessing records and other materials held at the Devon Heritage Centre.

The special ‘Help Desk’ sessions are especially designed to assist people in making use of the range of family history research...

Glaciers existed in Britain as late as Georgian era

New evidence indicates glaciers present 11,000 years later than believed

Research led by a scientist from the University of Exeter has shown that Britain was home to small glaciers within the last few centuries – around 11,000 years later than previously thought. Dr Stephan Harrison has established that small glaciers almost certainly existed in the Cairngorm mountain range in Scotland as recently as the 18th century, contrary to the long held belief that Britain’s last glaciers melted around the 9th millennium BC. Scientists had speculated that glaciers may have formed in the...

The War Graves of Higher Cemetery

Event Date: 
11/11/2012 - 2:00pm
Venue: 
Higher Cemetery, St Mark's Avenue, Exeter. EX1 2PX

Christine Trigger, of the Friends of Higher Cemetery, will lead a tour of war graves in the cemetery, starting at the cemetery chapel. There is no charge . Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Listen to the memories of Exeter come ALIVE

Authored by CEDA Exeter
Posted: Wed, 10/17/2012 - 3:47pm

After spending over a year researching, writing and recording, members of the CEDA activity hub are celebrating as their hard work makes it online for all to enjoy.

Thanks to the generous support of the Heritage lottery fund the Exeter based disability charity has been working with its members learning all about the history of our great city. With this information the group have produced a collection of podcasts that can be downloaded from a special project website. The first podcast themed around shopping in the city is online now and further editions will be released between now...

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