The 2017 Friends of Devon’s Archives Autumn meeting took place in Barnstaple, on Saturday 30th September. It began with coffee at the North Devon Record Office at 10:30 am, and after the AGM, it involved two tours, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The morning one was an introduction to the new layout of the North Devon Record Office and its resources, including a view behind the scenes and an introduction to the North Devon Athenaeum in the same building. After lunch, attendees were treated to a tour of Barnstaple and some of its most historic buildings by Devon’s leading archaeologist and historic buildings expert, John Allan, FSA.
The papers for the AGM are available below:
This took place on Monday 3 April 2017 at the Devon Heritage Centre, Exeter (13:00-17:00). Speakers included:
This took place on Saturday 15 October 2016 at the Athenaeum in Plymouth
The following relevant papers are available here:
The speakers at the conference that followed were Louisa Blight on developments at Plymouth & West Devon Record Office; Professor Mark Stoyle (University of Southampton) on the Prayerbook Rebellion; Dr James Gregory (University of Plymouth) on spiritualism in Victorian Devon; and Dr Ian Mortimer (chairman of FoDA) on Mortimer's Cleaning and Dyers, Cobourg Street, Plymouth, 1773-1932.
This took place on Saturday 16 April 2016 in Barnstaple Guildhall. The speakers were Dr Todd Gray ('Elizabethan North Devon: Taxation and Revolt'); Peter Christie ('The church, sex and slander in Elizabethan North Devon'); Dr Janet Tall ('The wartime diaries of Lewis Burfitt'); Mary Siraut ('The social history of Exmoor since the eighteenth century'); and John Bradbeer ('Cod and pottery: the real basis of North Devon's eighteenth century prosperity').
Monday 19th October 2015 at the Guildhall, High Street, Exeter
The following AGM papers are available here:
The speakers at the conference that followed were: Robin Ravilious on the photographs of her late husband, James Ravilious; Scott Pettit on manorial records; Ellie Jones on medical manuscripts in the Cathedral Archives; and Ian Mortimer on how to reconstruct the medieval history of a settlement when manorial records do not survive.
Monday 20th October 2014 at the Devon History Centre
The theme of this years conference was Crime and Punishment. Speaking this year were Angela Sutton-Vane (Curator at the Devon & Cornwall Constabulary Heritage & Learning Resource (the police museum at Okehampton) and PhD student at the Open Universityɮternational 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 ranged The Case of the Missing Crime Files and the Future of Policing History, through The Right to Remain Silent Project: Cataloguing Devonѵarter Sessions records, Bound for Australia: A Westcountry Case Study to Newspaper Crime Reporting in the 19th and Early 20th Century
Saturday 29 March 2014 at the Sherwell Centre.
This interesting event was held on at the Sherwell Centre, Plymouth University, North Hill. Speakers were Todd Gray on Plymouth War Memorials, Commander Crighton on the RN & Dockyard, Anne Corry on Votes for Women & the Great War and Richard Batten on Voluntary Recruitment to the Army. There were also updates on the Plymouth Roll of Honour Project and the Plymouth History Centre
Planning for a joint Heritage Trust between Devon Heritage Services (comprising the Devon Heritage Centre in Exeter and North Devon Record Office in Barnstaple) and the equivalent service in in Somerset is currently underway. A consultation process will be taking place in January and February, as well as an awareness event at the Devon Heritage Centre on 20th January (11am to 1pm, all are welcome to attend). Please see here below for more information, or contact the Devon Heritage Centre, Great Moor House, Bittern Road, Exeter, EX2 7NL.
Saturday 19 October 2013 at the Devon Heritage Centre.
This year࣯nference was held at the Devon Heritage Centre, focusing on recent additions to the Centre࣯llections, and new ways in which the archives are being made accessible. Heritage Centre staff gave talks on new acquisitions at the North Devon Record Office, developments to the online catalogue (and discoveries among the archives resulting from this work), insight into how new deposits are processed and a look at the Merivale collection, a fascinating piece of social history recently purchased with help from the Friends.