NOTE: The advertised visit by the Tavistock Local History Society to Powdermills in July has had to be postponed due to the continuing Covid restrictions and doubt over whether our speaker could in the end make it.

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Tuesday 13th July 7.30pm via Zoom – A History of the Census with Tony Vigars.


Ever since 1801 there has been a ten yearly national census in Great Britain which has provided local and family historians with much welcome material for their studies. In spite of many rumours, that because so much information is already known about us, future censuses would not be required of us, the census did happen again on Sunday 21st March 2021. Inevitably it was now online! This presentation will consider the wider history of censuses, its adoption in Britain and how it has varied over the years – with a few local examples. And if you were wondering: the 1921 Census is the next due to be released to public view in 2022.

Tuesday 10th August 7pm – outdoor visit – Kit Hill 


With member Stephen Docksey. A short walk around the summit of Kit Hill, topped by a chimney in the shape of a Greek column (left - © Copyright Stephen Dawson; licensed for reuse under Creative Commons Licence), discussing the archaeology: some pre-history, tin working, stone cutting, boundaries, communications and Sir John’s folly. Stout footwear and suitable clothing for the evening and the height (1000 feet) required.  Note: this visit has been changed to allow for social distancing that would have been difficult to maintain on the streets of Gunnislake.