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Thursday 4th April 2019 at 7pm

A Wild and Wondrous Region
The Portrayal of Dartmoor in Art, 1750 - 1920

An illustrated talk by Peter F. Mason

​It was once described as a ‘dreary mountainous tract’, but Dartmoor soon became the epitome of the picturesque. The transformation in the popular view of the moor was largely brought about through the imagination of visiting and local artists. J.M.W. Turner was a tourist and his work inspired others to follow in his footsteps. Thomas Rowlandson parodied the arrival of these tourists. Samuel Palmer celebrated Dartmoor’s sublime landscapes which inspired him to some of his finest work. The coming of the railways brought ever greater numbers of tourists to Exeter and Dartmoor, while locally based artists such as William and F.J. Widgery catered for this market and made Dartmoor landscape art immensely popular. Artists’ interpretations of Dartmoor on railway posters and postcards contributed to this tourist trade. Our local moorland has inspired generations of artists, and this illustrated talk will trace how the region has been portrayed in art since the mid eighteenth century. 

In 2018 Peter F. Mason co-curated an exhibition with the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter, and authored the accompanying catalogue. The work was one of the main public outcomes of the Moor than Meets the Eye project funded by the HLF Landscape Partnership.


Tickets £5 each
or £44 for a Season Ticket to attend all 11 lectures in 2019 

To purchase tickets please contact Abi Gray on 01548 830832 or office@dra.uk.net. 

Payment may be made in cash, by cheque payable to 'The Fenwick Charitable Trust', or by card over the telephone and using our online terminal. When requesting tickets via email, please include your name, your telephone number and the number of tickets you require. You will receive a unique link to the online payment terminal to submit your details.

All lectures are held in the lecture room of the DRA, in the grounds of Shilstone House near Modbury. The car park is accessible from 6:30pm, when doors open, and free refreshments are available in the exhibition gallery. There is ample free parking, and blue badge holders can pre-book a space near the building.
Tuesday 12th March 2019 at 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 site, 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 Shilstone House, 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 tea and cakes) and booking is essential. 

Payment may be made in cash, by cheque payable to 'The Fenwick Charitable Trust', or by card over the telephone and using our online terminal. When requesting tickets via email, please include your name, your telephone number and the number of tickets you require. You will receive a unique link to the online payment terminal to submit your details. Payments are non-refundable. 
Tuesday 9th April 2019 at 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 site, 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 Shilstone House, 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 tea and cakes) and booking is essential. 

Payment may be made in cash, by cheque payable to 'The Fenwick Charitable Trust', or by card over the telephone and using our online terminal. When requesting tickets via email, please include your name, your telephone number and the number of tickets you require. You will receive a unique link to the online payment terminal to submit your details. Payments are non-refundable. 
Tuesday 16th April 2019, 11am - 3pm

Picture Scanning Day

Help us preserve your local heritage by bringing photographs and postcards of Devon's buildings and landscapes to be scanned into the DRA Image Bank at our 10th annual Picture Scanning Day.

We would love to add your images, whether historic or modern, to our collection and preserve the scenes for future generations to study and enjoy. The DRA team will be on hand throughout the day to scan your pictures for posterity so you do not have to part with originals.

Each year we have an amazing array of images brought in that people have discovered hidden away in attics or cupboards. In 2018 we received several hundred images from across the county following our appeal, and all are freely available to view at the DRA during our opening hours.