Events
Thursday 1st March 2018 @ 7pm

Killerton Bygones:
3 Houses, 2 Deerparks, 1 Family

An illustrated talk by Dr Bryn Morris, Archaeologist, South West Archaeology Ltd

South West Archaeology Ltd., monitored the repair of the Scheduled deer park pales at Killerton on behalf of the National Trust, and noted that while Killerton possessed two park pales, those pales only describe one half of a deer park. Analysis of LiDAR terrain data for the park revealed a wealth of information about not just the pales, but also a series of other earthwork monuments. One of these was a large quarry feature within Columb John Wood, the floor of which was covered in broken stone and brick rubble. The size and scale of the quarry matched the footprint of the grand house that the architect James Wyatt had been building for Sir Thomas Acland in the 1770s, a house that was never completed and the location of which had been lost. This summer South West Archaeology Ltd., supervised an earthwork survey and archaeological evaluation designed to determine whether this was indeed the site of the lost Wyatt House…

Dr Bryn Morris grew up in mid Wales and came to Exeter to study Ancient History and Archaeology. He stayed on to complete an MA and PhD at Exeter, and started working for South West Archaeology Ltd., in 2006. Since that time the company has expanded from three employees to nine, and Bryn is now Director of the company. Bryn says he interested in most things archaeological – a symptom of development-led work – but is increasingly interested in historic building analysis. He lives in Exeter with his wife, a pottery specialist, and their two  children.

Admission £5 per person

To book please contact Abi Gray on 01548 830832 or email office@dra.uk.net. To secure your booking advance payment is required either in cash, by cheque payable to 'The Fenwick Charitable Trust', or by card over the phone. Payments are non-refundable. Any unsold tickets will be available to purchase at the door on the evening.

Discounts
For 2018 people who book and pay in advance for the whole programme will be offered a discounted price of £44 per person instead of the regular price of £55 per person.
Call Abi Gray on 01548 830832 or email office@dra.uk.net to apply.
Thursday 5th April 2018 @ 7pm

'A Cheape Piece of Magnificence'
Decorative Plasterwork in
the South West, 1540 - 1640

An illustrated talk by Nigel Pratt, University of Exeter

South West England is immensely rich in decorative plasterwork from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. A distinct local tradition grew up in the period and produced plaster ceilings, overmantels and friezes of a variety and an abundance not seen in other parts of England. Much of this output survives, primarily in a domestic context and in particular, in the Devon towns of Barnstaple, Dartmouth, Totnes and Exeter, and the high status houses in the rural hinterland. Primarily using the physical evidence of the plasterwork itself, this talk focuses on the start of the decorative plaster tradition, in the mid-sixteenth century, and how this fitted in with the wider developments in architecture and changes in the economy and society of the period. It also looks at the techniques, materials and designs used and how these were adapted in response to the constraints of the early modern house.

Nigel Pratt studied at the universities of Exeter and Oxford and worked as a professional archaeologist before returning to the south-west as a building conservation specialist 10 years ago. Access to a broad spectrum of houses containing Post-Reformation plasterwork kindled an interest which has led to Nigel’s current post-graduate study at the University of Exeter, which he fits in with his current full-time job as Building Conservation Officer for Dartmoor National Park.

Admission £5 per person

To book please contact Abi Gray on 01548 830832 or email office@dra.uk.net. To secure your booking advance payment is required either in cash, by cheque payable to 'The Fenwick Charitable Trust', or by card over the phone. Payments are non-refundable. Any unsold tickets will be available to purchase at the door on the evening.

Discounts
For 2018 people who book and pay in advance for the whole programme will be offered a discounted price of £44 per person instead of the regular price of £55 per person. Call Abi Gray on 01548 830832 or email office@dra.uk.net to apply.
Tuesday 13th March  2018 @ 2pm

Guided Tour of Shilstone House

Led by resident archaeologist Abi Gray

Nestled amidst the rolling hills of the South Hams countryside is Shilstone House, a family home with a remarkable and extensive history. The estate, in the parish of Modbury in South Devon, contains an array of architectural and archaeological features representing almost 6000 years of human endeavour. At the heart of the site is Shilston Barton, a former Domesday manor which overlays evidence of late prehistoric occupation. Formal gardens surround the dwelling and include lawns, terraces and a medieval walled garden as well as the only known seventeenth century Italianate water theatre and associated water gardens in the UK making the site nationally important.

This guided tour of Shilstone House and grounds will last approximately one hour and thirty minutes and will be followed by a cream tea at the Devon Rural Archive. Guests will explore the history of the site through its surviving archaeology and rare architectural features before seeing the results of a near fifteen year project to restore the house. There will also be a chance to view artefacts from the site in the exhibition gallery.

Tickets are £15 (includes a cream tea) and booking is essential.

To book please contact Abi Gray on 01548 830832 or email office@dra.uk.net. To secure your booking advance payment is required either in cash, by cheque payable to 'The Fenwick Charitable Trust', or by card over the phone. Payments are non-refundable.