Exmouth history day to mark society's golden jubilee heritage

PUBLISHED: 12:00 25 August 2018

Members of Exmouth Historical and Archaeological Society at a recent event in Exeter. Picture: Contributed

Members of Exmouth Historical and Archaeological Society at a recent event in Exeter. Picture: Contributed

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A day celebrating the history of Exmouth is being held to mark 50 years of a society dedicated to promoting the heritage of the town.

Members of Exmouth Historical and Archaeological Society at a recent event in Exeter. Picture: ContributedMembers of Exmouth Historical and Archaeological Society at a recent event in Exeter. Picture: Contributed

Exmouth Historical and Archaeological Society is celebrating its golden jubilee by holding a special event at the Glenorchy Church Hall, in Exeter Road, in October.

The event will feature a number of talks focusing on the town’s past and there will also be exhibitions of prints and memorabilia.

According to speaker secretary Mike Tracey, the day will be constructed around four talks by ‘distinguished and experienced’ speakers.

He added: “It’s important to celebrate garden golden jubilees. We’re very proud of the fact that we have been around for 50 years and we’re looking forward to the next 50.”

Dr Francis Burroughes will be giving an ‘informative and entertaining’ talk entitled ‘A Victorian head gardener’.

Ian Cann – a member of the town’s neighbourhood plan committee - will be focusing on ‘Exmouth 50 years ago’ drawing on the timeline of collections and reminiscences of himself and Paul Radgick – both born and bred in Exmouth.

Mike will himself give a talk entitled ‘The first seaside resort in Devon, and what happened next’ while Devon historian John Allan will be speaking about the town during the Middle Ages and the Tudor period.

There will also be ‘extensive’ exhibitions relating to various aspects of the town’s history and will include artwork from Adele Hallen as well as prints and memorabilia from the collection of the late Exmouth community champion Bernard Greenway.

A collection of second-hand books will be sold at the event and the society will be launching a book of its own which will be the first of a proposed series on the town’s history and will be called ‘The Woman’s Suffrage Movement in Exmouth’.

Author April Marjoran will be on hand to sign copies.

Entry to this event costs £12 – including tea and coffee. Anyone who books their place before Friday, August 31, will get their ticket for £10. To book a place or for more information ring Mike on 01395 260442 or email mdclaredale@tiscali.co.uk

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