History Day at Merton

THE Explore North Devon Project and the North Devon Record Office are inviting people to come along to a free History Day at the Clinton Village Hall, Merton, on Saturday June 27 from 11am 4pm. This event is suitable for all the family and provides a

THE Explore North Devon Project and the North Devon Record Office are inviting people to come along to a free History Day at the Clinton Village Hall, Merton, on Saturday June 27 from 11am - 4pm. This event is suitable for all the family and provides a unique opportunity to see displays of original and copy documents relating to the history of the parish of Merton and, of course, its most famous son, General George Monck. General Monck was born at Great Potheridge in Merton on December 6, 1608 and was to become a vibrant and colourful character in the English Civil War and Commonwealth period. A key player in the Restoration of the Monarchy in 1660, he was created Duke of Albemarle and the regiment of foot he commanded became the Coldstream Guards. To this day the regiment maintains its connection with Merton by coming to the prize giving at Merton Primary School on their annual Coldstream Day.The highlight of the History Day will be a talk at 2pm by Professor Mark Stoyle of Southampton University, who specialises in early modern British history, particularly the English Civil War. There will also be an exhibition by the Devon Family History Society focussing on the origins of surnames as well as having members on hand to answer genealogical queries. In addition there will be a display of Civil War artefacts courtesy of the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon and Great Torrington Museum, an exhibition on the work of the Explore North Devon community archive project and prize winning competitions and quizzes for adults and children alike! Explore North Devon and North Devon Record Office representatives will be on hand all day to talk about their community archive project and how members of the public can get involved!Emma Waldron, Explore North Devon Project Co-ordinator, said: "This is a great opportunity for members of the public and visitors to the area alike to delve into local and family history at a free event at one of the most impressive Village Halls in Devon. We would love to see people dressed up in period costume to add to the atmosphere but it's not obligatory!"Anyone interested in the event can telephone the North Devon Record Office on (01271) 388608 for further information.


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