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About Dr.Todd Gray The Mint Press

It gives us great pleasure to congratulate Todd on being honoured with the Freedom of Exeter by Exeter City Council. He will be formally conferred with this honour by the Lord Mayor and Councillors in a ceremony at the end of November in Exeter's ancient Guildhall.

Dr Todd Gray has devoted his working career to the study of Devon's history. His passion for his adopted county is self-evident through his publications and in his lectures. He has written more widely on Devon than any other Devon historian and is at the heart of its historical community.

Dr Gray has taken the lead in promoting the study of Devon's history and has most recently led efforts in developing continuing dialogue between the key stakeholders in Devon's archives and local councils. He has regular appearances in local and national media.

Dr Gray was born in New England and first came to England as a schoolboy in the 1970s. He returned to complete his undergraduate studies at the University of London. He subsequently enrolled as a post-graduate student at the University of Exeter and in 1989 was awarded his Doctorate in History. He remains a Research Fellow of the University and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

He set up his own publishing business and has now successfully published 48 titles mainly written by him and by other writers. Four were awarded `Devon Book of the Year' by the Devon History Society. Each is about local history and they cover a wide range of aspects relating to the South West and particularly Devon and Exeter. All stages of a book's publication are organised and produced in Devon using other local businesses.

One can truly say they are "made in Devon". Dr Gray's other achievements are that he wrote a weekly column for the local newspaper, the Express and Echo (`History Matters') and has written questions for Mastermind. He is Chairman of the Devon & Cornwall Record Society, the past president of the Devon Family History Society and a past Chairman of the Devonshire Association and of the Friends of Devon's Archives. He is a committee member of the Devon History Society and Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries. Dr Gray is also a member of the Devon Buildings Group. He is actively involved in supporting many local history groups and charities.

Dr Gray undertakes numerous public and private talks each year and has lectured in more than 125 villages and towns in Devon as well as in such far-flung places as Mongolia and Uzbekistan. Most of his time is spent researching, writing, and with his publishing business, however, he also enjoys gardening and visiting local churches and buildings of interest.

Dr Gray has recently learned that he has ancestors who originated from Barnstaple in the 1620s before emigrating to New England. He is currently employed as a Research Fellow by Exeter University through a grant from the Pilgrim Trust to record bench ends throughout the South West.

Todd had the honour of being awarded an MBE in the 2014 Queen's New Years Honours list for services to Devon's heritage.The Investiture held by HRH The Prince of Wales was on the 14th March 2014.

Todd can be contacted through this website about any aspect of his books or to enquire about a talk or lecture. Contact Todd

Why not come and visit us and browse our books at our stall at the following events -:


March 2019

12th  Haldon National Trust Group, Holcombe Village Hall (between Dawlish and Teignmouth)   
          Exeter Cathedral Yard Fire and surrounding buildings.

14th  Coastwise , North Devon. Barnstaple Library. 9.45am. -
         History That Hurts: Slavery, Piracy and Blackshirts in North Devon

April 2019

9th   Sidmouth U3A  St. Francis Church Hall,  Woolbrook Road, Sidmouth
        (Car Park in Woolbrook Park Road). 10.00 a.m.  (our doors open at 9.30 for coffee
        Exeter Cathedral Yard Fire

10th Heritage Coast Lyme Regis U3A. 10am to 10.45 talk at 11am until noon.
        Woodmead Hall, Hill Road, Lyme Regis DT7 3PG
        Free for members, non-members  suggested £2 donation.
        Exeter Cathedral Yard Fire

         Exe Valley Centre - National Trust. Colyford Memorial Hall 2.30pm
         Exeter Cathedral Yard Fire

15th Upton Pine Garden Club

17th Pathfinder Village, Good Companions Club 2.30pm
        Crowds and the Mob in Exeter 1500 -1950

18th  Honiton Library 2pm Tickets from the Library required.
         101 Essential facts about Exeter

         Tiverton Archaeological Group, Heathcoat's Community Hall (81 King Street, Tiverton).  
         Meetings begin at 7.30pm  Blackshirts in Devon.

25th Tavistock. Slander

May 2019

4th     Plymouth Local Studies Day
                  Buildings of Exeter

7th   Braunton U3A  Braunton Parish Hall. 10.30am.
        Devon's Ancient Bench Ends and visit to Church afterwards weather permitting

15th Chudleigh and District U3A  The Woodway Room, Chudliegh Town Hall 10.00am
        Exeter Cathedral Yard Fire and Exeters Ancient Buildings.


15 Exeter Local History Day. St Nicholas Priory, The Mint, Exeter

Please note that these events are organised by various groups and there may be a small charge for visitors.




Tickets from The Guildhall, Exeter Tel number 01392 665500

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