About Dr.Todd Gray – The Mint Press
Todd has been awarded an MBE in the 2014 Queen's New Years Honours list as retiring Chairman of the Friends of Devon's Archives and for services to Devon's heritage. He collected his medal at an Investiture held by HRH The Prince of Wales on the 14th March 2014
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 can be contacted through this website about any aspect of his books or to enquire about a talk or lecture. Contact Todd
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