7th and 8th December 2023 were made special for the members of the Exeter Civic Society, as they celebrated George Gissing's stay in Exeter from Jan 1891 to June 1893. Professor Richard Dennis introduced the topic with his lecture on 'George Gissing an Exeter: A Transformative Writer at a Transformative Time in his Own Life', given at the Devon & Exeter Institution in the evening of 7th Dec. The next morning saw the unveiling of the plaque in Heavitree Road.
On Friday 1st February 2019 members of the Society braved the snowy weather to attend the unveiling of a blue plaque commemorating Dr Charles Newton Lovely. Dr Lovely was an Exeter GP and was the founding chairman of the Exeter Workmen’s Dwellings Company. The ceremony took place at Kings Dwellings, King Street, Exeter, which was one of the properties built by the Company.