Fordland Sketches

Fordland Sketches

A collection of sketches from the Devon Record Office, made by J Harris in 1823 and 1824 (ref no Z19/2/4) Number 8: 'Mr White A Black Beggar' is of special interest to this project - nothing else is known of him. Photographs by Ghee Bowman, with acknowledgements to...

Tucker’s Sketches

Tucker’s Sketches

From Devon Record Office, a collection of 'Portraits of Devonshire Characters' by an artist called Tucker. Dated 1870-1873. Number 3 carries the caption "Miss ______ Daughter of an English Merchant in West Africa sent to England to be educated", with the (probably...

David Clinch’s Poems and Songs

David Clinch’s Poems and Songs

Come on in (Refugees are here to stay) Come on in Come on in Come on in and sit you down Come on in and welcome to my home Come on in and welcome to your story Come on in and share it all with mine Chorus And you know you’re more than welcome And we know you’re here...

Digital event 23.11.20 – The Polish Navy in Okehampton

Digital event 23.11.20 – The Polish Navy in Okehampton

Join us on Zoom to hear from specialist researchers about the Polish Navy's links to Okehampton during the Second World War. During this digital event, one of TOSFOR's research groups will introduce the case of the Polish Naval Camp and Resettlement Centre: an...

Special Object Challenge

Special Object Challenge

Hello superstar story-finders. Are you ready to be an archaeologist of personal objects, a discoverer of undiscovered items? Here’s our next Family Challenge. You can repeat this one for as many objects as you can get your hands on! The Special Object Challenge Ask...

Conversation and a Cuppa Challenge

Conversation and a Cuppa Challenge

Hello superstar story-finders. Are you ready to be an explorer of family history, a discoverer of untold tales? Here’s our next Family Challenge. It's time to get curious – what have you always wanted to know about your family member(s), but never had the time to ask?...

Family Photo Challenge

Family Photo Challenge

Hello superstar story-finders. Are you ready to be an explorer of family history, a discoverer of untold tales? Here's the first of our Family Challenges. Family Photo Challenge Dig out some old photos from when your Mum / Dad / Aunty / Grandparents first moved to...

Reach Out, Reach In Challenge

Reach Out, Reach In Challenge

We find ourselves in the midst of a new, scary and utterly unprecedented time. Confined to our own four walls, we are all required, for our collective wellbeing and safety, to ‘socially distance’ ourselves from friends, neighbours, colleagues, fellow citizens – even...

Research Diary: Discovering European Stories

Research Diary: Discovering European Stories

Tiverton Community Heritage Coordinator Lizzie Mee outlines some of the European connections emerging in Tiverton’s history… As we’ve been delving deeper into the archives and history books, we’ve discovered that a big part of Tiverton’s history is that of the...

Event diary: Song out of Darkness Book Launch

Event diary: Song out of Darkness Book Launch

Okehampton Community Heritage Coordinator Laurel Miller reports on a fascinating book launch... Okehampton volunteers greatly enjoyed hearing readings from the memoir of local author Karen Eugenia Boreham at her book launch this week. Karen has lived on a Dartmoor...

Project diary: Exhibition Planning in Tiverton

Project diary: Exhibition Planning in Tiverton

Tiverton Community Heritage Coordinator Lizzie Mee writes about the thinking involved in planning an exhibition… It’s been a busy start to the year in Tiverton! We’ve begun preparations for recording our oral histories. Meanwhile, the volunteers and I are also busy...

Oral History Training Day

Oral History Training Day

Community Heritage Coordinator Laurel Miller reports on our recent Oral History training day... Hearing a person telling their own story in their own voice is a very powerful way of engaging people with history. You can hear the emotions behind the account and feel a...