Tavistock Heritage Talks

Our town of Tavistock has a famously rich heritage, most visibly through the fine architecture seen throughout the town, and the town's landmark historic buildings including the Town Hall, the newly rejuvenated Guildhall, the still bustling Pannier Market, the remains of the ancient Tavistock Abbey, and the fine frontage of The Bedford Hotel itself.
Tavistock also forms the eastern gateway to the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape, now recognised as an official World Heritage Site.
Throughout the year, Tavistock Guildhall (just across the main square from The Bedford) will be hosting a series of fascinating Heritage Talks, with local and international topics, introduced by enthusiastic and knowledgeable local heritage experts.
Each talk begins at 7pm - giving you just enough time to enjoy a bite to eat at The Bedford beforehand.

Heritage Talk tickets are priced at £5 and can be booked online at www.heritageintavistock.org.

If you’d like to enjoy an early supper at The Bedford before the talk, please call 01822 613221 to book a table for 6pm, or take a table in the bar on the day, subject to availability. When you place your order, please let us know that you are attending the Heritage Talk at 7pm, so that we can ensure you are served promptly.

The History of Coinage by Bryan Short
24th February

Nelson’s Three Great Battles: The Nile, Copenhagen and Trafalgar by Peter Brinsden
3rd March

Pop in Tavistock – The town’s mineral water makers by Roderick Martin
10th March

Pixies On Dartmoor by Peter Freeman
24th March

Rewilding Pine Martens by Peter Burkill
7th April

Singeing the King of Spain’s Beard by Phillip St Lawrence
14th April

St Petersburg and Moscow joined by a great waterway by David Rippon
21st April

The Camino de Santiago by Henry Guly
28th April

Fossils of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site by Malcolm Hart
5th May

Horses in Art with a Military Slant by Barbie Thompson
19th May

Around the country in 80 ghosts by Dave Nilsson
26th May

Firenze Bella and the Great Flood of 1966: The Ruin, Rescue and Restoration of Renaissance Florence by Jan Diamond
2nd June

Walking the Zambezi River by David Lemon
16th June

Fiction, Fallacy & Fake News – Spin and propaganda in art throughout the ages by Geri Parlby
7th July

Surviving 1620 by Laura Quigley
21st July

Mongolia – Land of Desert Steppe and Taiga Forest by Pam Kemp
4th August

A walk with the Admiral by Richard Thomas
11th August

The Galapagos: wildlife, birds and Darwin by Ian Gasper
18th August

The fascinating art and culture of Japan by Peter Brisden
1st September

Two great invasions of Russia by Ian Kilpatrick
15th September

Why bother understanding the Indian Ocean? by Peter Burkill
6th October

The People’s Champion: Tavistock Radicals and Reformers in the 18th and 19th centuries by Andrew Thompson
13th October

George Bernard Shaw by Brian Freeland
3rd November

The Iceman: Prehistoric Murder in the Alps? by Andrew Thompson
17th November

Tavistock Canal Poetry Trail by Simon Dell
1st December

Lord John Russell Political Insect to Dreadful Old Man; the career of Lord John Russell by Kevin Dickens
8th December

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