The SVA publishes a variety of books and booklets on subjects of local interest and we are always interested in suggestions. Recent publications have included:

Sidmouth's Lace

by Carol McFadzean

SidmouthLacecover smallThe luxury fabric that hides a world of poverty, distress and power. A fascinating history of the lace making industry in Sidmouth, and some of the families involved. Including details of lace making methods and equipment, exhibitions and competitions, lace made for royalty and lots more, plus lots of photos.

Sidmouth's Literary Connections

by Nigel Hyman

Jane Austen had a romantic attachment; Elizabeth Barrett was lulled to sleep by the noise of the sea; JRR Tolkien found the inspiration to continue writing Lord of the Rings; Rupert Brooke wrote a poem for his new young love; Beatrix Potter wrote about a pig; John Betjeman wrote a poem Still Sidmouth; RF Delderfield spent his later years here; Stephen Fry wrote about the town whilst filming Jeeves and Wooster; and there are others…

Sidmouth Scientists

by Professor Robert Miles

Celebrating the contributions to science of four Fellows of the Royal Society who lived in Sidmouth: astronomer Norman Lockyer, Ambrose Fleming inventor of the radio valve, Sidney Brown who designed radio equipment and loudspeakers and Frederick Lindemann who played a large part in the development of radar during World War II.

Walk the Churches of the Sid Valley

by Prof. Brian Golding

This booklet leads us around the 20 churches in the Sid Valley, starting with an easy stroll taking in the ten places of worship, past and present, in the town centre, followed by five longer walks covering the churches in Salcombe Regis, Sidford and Sidbury.

The Natural History of the Sid Valley through the seasons

by Louise Woolley

An introduction to some of the amazing variety of plants and animals to be found in the different habitats of the Sid Valley, with information about some of the more elusive species and what signs to look out for.

Sidmouth People & Places

by Nigel Hyman

Discover Sidmouth's rich history of colourful personalities and its legacy of fascinating buildings, many of which can easily be seen.

The Knowle, Sidmouth – A house and its history

by Christine & Rab Barnard

The story of one of Sidmouth’s most important buildings from its early days as one of the country’s first zoos, through its time as the ‘Friendly Hotel’ to its present use as East Devon Council’s offices, and its uncertain future.

The Story of Sidmouth's Long Print and Sidmouth's Long Print – A Picture in Time

by local historian Julia Creeke

Two fully illustrated companion books charting the fascinating history of the famous panorama print of Sidmouth’s Seafront painted by Hubert Cornish in 1815, the original of which can be seen in SIdmouth Museum.

These publications and more are on sale in Sidmouth Museum and on our online shop

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