Would you like to know more about its history?
Or have your say on current redevelopments?
Discover Exeter’s History
The Civic Society has a blue plaques scheme to celebrate famous people associated with Exeter over the centuries. Find out about the plaques commemorating the city’s links to notable historical figures with our Blue Plaque guide.
Whether you’re a newcomer to Exeter or have lived here since before the War we’re sure you’ll love this great little city. It has a vibrant charm and a fascinating mix of buildings, and people! From the Roman Wall and Norman Castle to the lively city centre venues, shops and restaurants there is something for everyone. But a city is always changing, and those changes can be for the better or for the worse. Exeter Civic Society was set up to care for Exeter and make sure that further redevelopments are of the highest possible standard for our city and for our quality of life. If you want to keep track of changes to the city, or find out more about its history you have come to the right place. Not only do we monitor new developments but we have talks about Exeter’s history and visits to local places, some of which you may not even know exist.
In the last few years we have taken many new initiatives. Since 2012 there has been huge public interest in a new theatre for Exeter. To investigate the viability of this we enabled the ‘Theatre for Exeter Development Group’ to get up and running, and they now work independently of us.
Another area of interest for us is the huge bus station redevelopment, as well as the city’s transport and many waterways. We have recently set up the ‘Transport’ and the ‘River, Canal & Quayside’ sub-committees to study and monitor these.
In addition to all this, we have an active and progressive Blue Plaque scheme and regularly install Blue Plaques to famous Exeter people around the city. There is always something happening and our newsletter and e-mails keep you informed even if you can’t get to our events.
If you want to ask questions, come along to one of our Open Mornings, held every third Saturday of the month (except August) from 10.30am – 12.00pm in the Belmont Chapel in Western Way (next to Jurys Inn). We have a short talk on Exeter (past or present) and you are welcome to hear the speaker, meet members, and enjoy refreshments.
Remember, if you live in Exeter this is your Civic Society.