|Note: All meetings are held at The Institute, Yonder Street, Ottery St Mary, Devon (7.30pm) unless otherwise stated.
July 20th 2021 (Tuesday). -- (Zoom meeting)
7.30pm ‘Topsham - Echoes of a Maritime Past’
Jan Betteridge illustrates Topsham’s seafaring past through the museum’s fine collection of maritime artefacts and archives.
August -- No Meeting
September 21st 2021 (Tuesday) - The Institute
7.30pm 'Members Annual General Meeting' to be followed by .......
8.00pm 'The Buildings of Exeter'
Archaeologist and historic buildings consultant, Richard Parker, describes his research into reconstruction and
interpretation of some of Exeter's ecclesiastical and secular buildings.
October 19th 2021 (Tuesday) - The Institute
7.30pm ‘The Ipplepen Excavations 2007-2019’
Derek Gore updates us on the University of Exeter’s important Roman and early Medieval fieldwork and excavations in Ipplepen over the last twelve years.
November 16th 2021 (Tuesday) - The Institute
7.30pm ‘Finds from Shipwrecks in the South West’
Charlotte Coles MSc, Finds Archaeologist, talks about the artefacts discovered in local shipwrecks and their associated stories.
December 2021 - No Meeting
January 18th 2022 (Tuesday) - The Institute
7.30pm 'Ottery, a Most Historic Town'
Local historian, Robert Neal reveals some fascinating aspects of the town's rich heritage.
February 15th 2022 (Tuesday) - The Institute
7.30pm ‘The Story of West Country Silver’
Miles Harrington of Bonhams tells the fascinting tale of ancient silverware produced locally, supported by some examples of high quality craftsmanship.
March 15th 2022 (Tuesday) - The Institute
7.30pm ‘The Devon Beaver Project’
Jake Chant of the Devon Wildlife Trust discusses the successful reintroduction of beavers into our local river.
April 19th 2022 (Tuesday) - The Institute
7.30pm ‘Admiral Preedy and the Victorian Internet’
Trevor Waddington OBE relates the tale of West Countryman George William Preedy and the successful laying of the first Atlantic cable uniting Europe and America in 1858.
May 17th 2022 (Tuesday) - The Institute
7.30pm ‘Churchill's Life through his Paintings’
Historian Marilyn Bishop demonstrates how the wartime Prime Minister used painting to fight depression - his personal 'black dog'.
June 21st 2022 (Tuesday) - The Institute
7.30pm ‘Destination Utah’ - The USAAF in a Typical English Village
Brian Fernley describes Upottery Airfield in Devon, its role in WW2 and the US missions undertaken. The airfield gained international recognition as the departure point for Easy Company in Steven Spielberg's "Band of Brothers".
July 19th 2022 (Tuesday) - The Institute
7.30pm ‘Concorde, the West Country Supersonic Miracle’
Brian Portch, member of The Royal Aeronautical Society, discusses his personal involvement with the Britsh-French supersonic airliner.
August - No Meeting