19th April – 10th May: Blitz commemoration talks

A series of heritage talks throughout April and May to mark the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Exeter. The talks start at 8pm (doors 7.30pm) and cost £5 per head (£4.50 for members) or £15 for all 4 talks (£13.50 for members). Finger food and refreshments provided. Nearly 60 people attended our last heritage talk, so book your place early by contacting the centre on 01392 666222 or emailing bookings@stsidwells.org.uk.

19th April – Whole Streets Reduced to Ashes: St Sidwell’s during the English Civil War by Professor Mark Stoyle. The Exeter Blitz in 1942 isn’t the only time St Sidwell’s was heavily damaged. Find out more about the destruction caused during the Civil War. 8pm start

26th April – The Lost Buildings of St Sidwell’s by Richard Parker. Find out more about the many and varied buildings in St Sidwell’s which were destroyed during and after the Exeter Blitz.

May 3rd – Exeter’s Blitz and St Sidwell’s by Dr Todd Gray. Learn more about what happened during the Exeter Blitz and how St Sidwell’s was affected as well as the whole of Exeter.

May 10th – Phoenix Rising: The Rebuilding of Exeter after the Blitz by Clare Maudling. A fascinating insight into the rebuilding plans after the blitz and how we’ve arrived at the Exeter we see today.

May 4th – Remembering the Blitz. Thursday May 4th 5.30-9pm. Come along to mark 75 years since the Exeter Blitz with a BBQ from 5.30pm, singing from local choirs (7pm) followed by the showing of a new film of memories from the Blitz by Exeter’s Underground Passages ‘Exeter: Beneath the Blitz’ (8pm). This is a free event. More here.

PLUS find out more about our Lindyhop Tea Dance on May 6th here.

These talks are organised as part of our new Heritage Lottery Funded project ‘Reviving Lost History.