Exeter Civic Society

Exeter Civic Society

Do you care about the city you live in?

Do you want to know more about historic Exeter?

Do you want to have your say on current developments?

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 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 couple of 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 which we will be monitoring, as well as problems with 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 regularly install Blue Plaques to famous Exeter people around the city. Last year it was Franz Liszt in Cathedral Yard and Charles Dickens & Thomas Latimer in Fore Street. 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 Rougemont Room of the Central Library. We have a short talk on some aspect of Exeter, and you are welcome to listen to the speaker, meet members, and enjoy refreshments.

Remember, if you live in Exeter this is your Civic Society.