Events

Our upcoming talks, tours, workshops and seminars

Owing to the current restrictions we are only able to offer small-scale face-to-face events at the Archive, but we are pleased to be supplementing this with a series of virtual talks over the internet, via Zoom. 

You will find details of all our events below.

Decoding Medieval Latin Manuscripts | 13.09.2021

Decoding Medieval Latin Manuscripts | 13.09.2021

A workshop with Latin tutor, Penny Martin, on Monday 13th September 2021, 11am - 1pm.  Are you struggling with the Latin that you meet in family history & other documents?If so, this is the workshop for you. Latin was the natural choice of language for important...

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Shilstone House Tour | 28.09.2021

Shilstone House Tour | 28.09.2021

Shilstone House has a remarkable and extensive history, which the DRA is studying as part of our ongoing archaeological project into the history, significance and development of Devon’s manor houses, and their landscapes. A  combination of excavation and geophysics...

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Moretonhampstead Chief Rents | 02.09.2021

Moretonhampstead Chief Rents | 02.09.2021

The Chief Rents of Moretonhampstead, 1639 - 1840: how to use a problematic source. An illustrated talk by Dr Ian Mortimer on Thursday 2nd September 2021 at 7pm in The Devon Rural Archive.  Imagine you had an annual directory listing everyone who owned or lived in...

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Shilstone House Tour | 24.08.2021

Shilstone House Tour | 24.08.2021

Shilstone House has a remarkable and extensive history, which the DRA is studying as part of our ongoing archaeological project into the history, significance and development of Devon’s manor houses, and their landscapes. A  combination of excavation and geophysics...

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The Story of Haldon Belvedere | 05.08.2021

The Story of Haldon Belvedere | 05.08.2021

A zoom talk by Dr Sue Knox on Thursday 5th August 2021 at 6pm about General Lawrence and his tower. This talk will explore the work of General Stringer Lawrence, who became known as the “Father of the Indian Army”, and the rags-to riches story of the Palk family of...

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A Dartmoor farmer, his daughters & his diary | 08.07.2021

A Dartmoor farmer, his daughters & his diary | 08.07.2021

A zoom talk by Dr Jacqueline Sarsby on Thursday 8th July 2021 at 6pm. William Dunning farmed on the edge of Dartmoor from 1892 until 1950. He was a farmer with no sons, but with the help of his daughters he was able to care for his cows and calves, his Dartmoor sheep,...

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Shilstone House Tour | 06.07.2021

Shilstone House Tour | 06.07.2021

Shilstone House has a remarkable and extensive history, which the DRA is studying as part of the ongoing archaeological project into the history, significance and development of Devon’s manor houses, and their landscapes. A  combination of excavation and geophysics...

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The Arms of Devon’s Colourful Gentry | 17.06.2021

The Arms of Devon’s Colourful Gentry | 17.06.2021

A zoom talk by Dr David Oates on Thursday 17th June 2021 at 6pm. Heraldic paintings, known as hatchments, are hung on the walls of parish churches across the country. The custom was to display a lozenge shaped artwork showing the arms of someone who had died over the...

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Tour Shilstone’s Historic Landscape | 08.06.2021

Tour Shilstone’s Historic Landscape | 08.06.2021

A rare opportunity to explore the historic landscape at Shilstone with our resident archaeologist, Abi Gray, on Tuesday 8th June 2021 at 2pm.  Shilstone House occupies a truly exceptional site, at the head of a steep sided valley containing evidence of occupation from...

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Finding the Thread | 27.05.2021

Finding the Thread | 27.05.2021

The last hurrah of the Devon Cloth Industry. A zoom talk by Dr Todd Gray on Thursday 27th May 2021 at 6pm. Woollen cloth was Devon’s greatest export from the late medieval period through to the early 1800s. Each year many hundreds of thousands of pieces of cloth were...

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