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Scott and the ‘Southern Party’ at Mount Erebus, 1911

Local studies day 2012

Robbins Conference Centre, University of Plymouth
Saturday 5 May 2012 from 9am to 4.30pm

Celebrating the history of Plymouth and the surrounding area with talks and exhibitions.

Local Studies Day 2012 is now fully booked. If you would like to be added to a waiting list, email your contact details to

Local Studies Day costs £13.50 (with lunch) or £8 (without lunch) To book contact the history room in the Central Library on 01752 305908 or email

Download full details and booking form below.

Programme highlights

Dead Interesting: Victorian Residents of Ford Park Cemetery

Dr Ian Hodgins GP, Ford Park Cemetery Trustee and Researcher, lifts the lid on a few more local lives.

From Plymouth to Pole: the Characters and Connections

Polar historian and author Paul Davies commemorates Captain Scott and other local associations with the British South Polar Expeditions of the heroic age.

Our History, Your History

Celebrating sixty years of Plymouth and West Devon Record Office with Louisa Mann, City Archivist.

The Deluge: Plymouth after 1962

The Civic Centre and the Tamar and Laira Bridges were opened fifty years ago. The Plan for Plymouth was largely completed; the Reconstruction Committee disbanded. Architectural historian Professor Jeremy Gould analyses what followed.

Plymouth's Forgotten War

The Civil War and the Siege of Plymouth. Question and answer session with historian and author Philip Photiou.

A Great National Undertaking

The building of the Plymouth Breakwater 1812 to 1844, with Nigel Overton, City Heritage Curator.

Plymouth Past on Film

More footage from the South West Film and Television Archive, selected and presented by film-maker Graeme Spink.

Local Studies Day is organised by Plymouth City Council Libraries, Museums and Record Office, in partnership with the University of Plymouth, Peninsula Arts and the Old Plymouth Society.