The first annual lecture, sponsored by the Friends, was given on May 19th 1990. In answer to a request that the series of lectures be named after him, Professor Hoskins replied as follows:
Stoke Canon, near Exeter, 1st August 1989.
Dear Dr Fox, Thank you very much for your letter. I am honoured to hear of the proposal to call the lecture after me. Please forgive the short note, but I have been rather ill lately. Yours sincerely, W.G. Hoskins.
Transcripts of the reports of all of the Hoskins lectures, starting in 1990, are now available on our website at https://www.englishlocalhistory.org/wp/w-g-hoskins-lectures/