Talks and Meeting Programme 2017

All meetings take place in Matthews Hall at 7:30 pm. The bar opens at 7:00 pm for wine and soft drinks.

Thursday 19 October 2017
From Anemone Gardens to Zostera Beds – An illustrated tour of marine life from the Exe estuary into Lyme Bay
by Dominic Flint
Dominic is a marine biologist, HSE qualified commercial diver and PADI diver trainer with a life long enthusiasm for conservation and the sea. He has extensive knowledge of UK marine life gathered from over thirty years as a scuba diver and regular participation in the Seasearch dive survey programme. He has worked on marine conservation issues and sustainable fisheries in the Far East, the seas around Antarctica and the UK. In recent years he has worked for Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust, helping secure protection for Torbay’s seagrass beds, and at Devon Wildlife Trust on their approach to sustainable fisheries. Recently he has assisted the Wildlife Trusts nationally in responding to the revision of the Common Fisheries Policy, the Marine Strategy Framework Directive and on the valuation of ecosystem services. Alongside this he works on, and organises, marine habitat diving surveys around the UK coast.

Thursday 16 November 2017
The Oboussier Lecture
The Ancient Houses of Exeter Cathedral Close
by John Allan
John Allan is President of the Devon Archaeological Society and Consultant Archaeologist to the Dean and Chapter of Exeter Cathedral. He is also an honorary university fellow of the Archaeology Department of Exeter University. For 20 years (1984-2004) he was Curator of Antiquities at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum. He has published one book and about 50 papers on the archaeology and architecture of SW England, mainly focussing on the medieval period and later.

Thursday 18 January 2018
Exeter Cathedral in the Middle Ages
by Conrad Donaldson
Conrad Donaldson is a retired actuary who started guiding at Exeter Cathedral in 2007 – on the floor initially and then also in the roof – as well as training guides. He became Chair of the Friends of Exeter Cathedral in 2008. This led him to take an MA in Medieval Studies at Exeter University which he completed in 2015.

Thursday 15 February 2018
Turnpike roads of North East Devon
by John Kanefsky

Thursday 15 March 2018
The History of Gregory Transport
by John Gregory

Future lecture dates in 2018
20 September, 18 October & 15 November.

Annual Summer Outing

The Society’s Annual Summer Outing was on Thursday 22 June 2017, visiting Antony, a National Trust property at Torpoint. Details of the next outing will appear here in due course.


Informative walking tours of the town are run by Topsham Society guides every Wednesday and Saturday from May to September. These free tours start from Holman Way Car Park at 2pm, with no booking necessary. You can download the Walks flyer here.
Call Gill Yates on 01392 875276 for group bookings.

Planning Group

The Society’s committee includes a Planning Group. This group of local residents and co-opted experts, including architects and environmental consultants, regularly scrutinises Exeter City Council planning applications for matters of concern to Topsham and responds accordingly.