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Friday, 24 March 2017

Archives meeting

The Friends of Devon's Archives Spring Meeting will take place at the Devon Heritage Centre on Monday 3rd April.  It is free for members of the Friends and costs £4 for non-members.

The programme is:

13:00-13:30: Gather at Devon Heritage Centre

13:30-14:30: Professor Robin McInnes OBE, on historic imagery and coastal heritage management.

14:30-15:30: Deborah Phillips, SWHT Senior Archive Conservator, on how to look after your historic documents at home.

15:30-16:00: Tea or coffee.

16:00-17:00: Dr Ian Mortimer, on the Time Traveller’s Guide to Restoration Britain.

Ian Mortimer’s talk will launch the third book in the Time Traveller’s Guide series.  A table run by Waterstones will be selling advance copies afterwards and if you wish to have a copy signed this will be your chance.

The number of seats available is limited so, although there's no charge, it is highly advisable to book a place. You can do this by telephoning the Secretary of the Friends, Stuart Tyler, at the Devon Heritage Centre (01392 384253), or by emailing him at

Saturday, 18 March 2017

John Shapland Exhibition

John Shapland
1865 - 1929

View down the Exe by John Shapland

View down the Exe by John Shapland

Until Friday 24th March 2017, there's an exhibition of the artist John Shapland
in the CCI theatre at Exeter College in Queen Street
10am - 4pm week days FREE ENTRY
John Shapland Talk by local historian Peter D. Thomas
The life and work of the talented artist, creator of the Russell Brunotype and past Head Master of the original Exeter School of Art, John Shapland. Includes previously unseen images from the artist's studio.

John Shapland has been proved to have been the artist who painted the large murals in Exeter's (now demolished) Theatre Royal

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Archaeology campaign - Free workshop in Taunton on 29th April

The Local Heritage Engagement Network (LHEN) is a project run by the Council for British Archaeology and funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. [The] aim is to support local advocacy for the archaeology and the historic environment, particularly in response to current threats to archaeology and conservation services in local authorities, local museums, wider heritage services and opportunities for public engagement as a result of budget cuts. Details of the project and supporting resources can be found at:

In partnership with Katie Collins, Chairwoman of CBA South West, [there will be] a free to attend workshop and training day in Taunton, Somerset on 29th April.  The event is entitled ‘Advocacy, and supporting your heritage’  and will focus on how local groups can engage in advocacy, what networks of support are available, and how this type of work can help in the difficult process of protecting the position of archaeology and heritage in local government’s affairs and in local communities. will hear from local authority archaeologists about their role and challenges and threats facing archaeology and heritage services and from community groups who are currently engaging in advocacy and seeing positive results.
This event is particularly useful for groups and societies who are considering getting involved with advocacy in the area but also for those who are already involved and may want to share their ideas with others.

To book your place... use the link below;

This is a free event but booking is essential due to limited numbers. 

The British Council of Archaeology regional group is The Council for British Archaeology South-West

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

The Starcross institution showed the way

The Mental Deficiency Acts - 1949 - 1959 demonstrate the negative way that people thought about those with learning difficulties.
 Here's the link an online extract from Duncan Mitchell's book Exploring Experiences of Advocacy by People with Learning Disabilities. Mitchell explains that the Starcross institution was set up with "the optimistic  belief in the educational potential of disabled children" 

Monday, 13 March 2017

Artists announced for the Unearth project

Following the interviews over the last two weeks, Kate Green and the Villages in Action team have now chosen a creative team for the Starcross Unearth project.

The successful candidates are:

The date for our first team meeting will be later this March

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Unearth project - copying your pictures and information

Sunday, 5th March 2017 from 2:00pm until 4:00pm in St Paul's Church
Please bring pictures and information about our village's past so that we may make photocopies
This is part of the Villages in Action Unearth Project

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

An address on the education of idiots

All 15 pages of George Pycroft's 1883 address to the annual meeting of The Western Counties Idiot Asylum are freely available online HERE

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