Devon Historian Dr Todd Gray will be revealing some of the darker stories of wartime Devon during a two day course at Dartington to mark the 70th anniversary of the first wartime looting trials.
Some 76 years the Western Morning News and the people of Plymouth were keen supporters of Oswald Mosley and his black shirts – the paper even replaced its daisy motif on the masthead with a swastika.
However, all that was to change in October 1934 when Mosley returned to Plymouth for a rally which ended in a riot with the black shirts thugs attacking one of the Western Morning News’ photographers. Seeing the true face of the movement, the newspaper told Mosley to ‘go to hell’ and went on to become one of the country’s most vocal anti-fascist papers.
November will also mark the 70th anniversary of the first wartime looting trials with more than 10,000 cases coming before the courts of people ransacking ruined properties in England.
These are just two of the stories of hidden history that local historian Dr Todd Gray will be revealing in his lecture series Hidden Histories of Wartime Devon due to be held at the Foxhole Centre in Dartington on Wednesday, November 24 and Friday, November 26, 10.30am–1pm.
Born in New England, Todd is an honorary research fellow at Exeter University and one of the country’s leading experts on the history of Devon and Cornwall having published more than 50 books on the subject. He is chairman of the Friend’s of Devon’s Archives, and a past chairman of the Devonshire Association.
For further information on the course call 01822 852777 or visit the Learning Curves site
(from a press release)