Local Studies Day 2015
  • Robbins Conference Centre, Gibbon Street, Plymouth

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Local Studies Day is organised by Plymouth City Council Libraries, Museums and Record Office, in partnership with the University, Peninsula Arts and the Old Plymouth Society.

The day consists of talks and films, and local groups attending will have exhibitions on local history highlighting their current projects.

Programme highlights

Coffers, Clysters, Comfrey and Coifs: the lives of our 17th century ancestors

Why do you need a bum roll? What colour were carrots in the 1600s? What did the Cavaliers use for deodorant? Can you give 47 uses for urine? - Join Dr Janet Few, 'The History Interpreter', for a light-hearted but informative presentation.

Charles Church: Construction, Consecration, Congregation and Commemoration

To mark the 350th anniversary of the church's consecration, the City Library's local historian Graham Naylor outlines the history of the Plymouth's 'new' church, from the times of Charles I and the Civil War through to the present day.

Plymouth, Devon and the War against Napoleon

Dr Roger Knight, historian and award-winning author offers an insight into how Britain organised to defeat Napoleon, with a focus on the role of the Navy and events in the South West, to mark the bicentenary of Napoleon's defeat, surrender and days held aboard HMS Bellerophon in Plymouth Sound.

Three Towns United in Conflict

Picking up on the themes from his most recent book, local historian Chris Robinson takes a look at aspects of everyday life across the Three Towns before and during the Great War; highlighting how the needs of the military and war effort impacted upon Plymouth, Devonport and Stonehouse.

Dead Interesting - Pestilence in Plymouth: Epidemics and Ford Park Cemetery

The annual return of Dr Ian Hodgins. This year he looks at how contagious diseases impacted across the Three Towns, with a focus, as usual, on Ford Park Cemetery.

Plymouth Past on Film 'Plymouth in War and Peace'

More footage from the South West Film and Television Archive, supported by stills from the South West Image Bank. Presented by Stacey Dyer, SWFTA Executive Archive Director and Colette Hobbs, SWIB Archivist and Operations Manager.

Please note this event is fully booked.
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