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Tuesday 16th October 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 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 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. 
Thursday 1st November 2018 @ 7pm

The Understanding Landscapes Project
Roman and medieval communities in the Teign and Tamar Valley

An illustrated talk by archaeologist Dr Chris Smart

An introduction to work undertaken by the Department of Archaeology at the University      of Exeter in two areas of Devon and Cornwall – Bere Ferrers and Calstock in the Tamar Valley, and Ipplepen near Newton Abbot. Originating as two separate academic research projects, fieldwork in these two landscapes has been brought together as part of a new three-year long Heritage Lottery-funded project Understanding Landscapes. Whilst geographically separate, the common theme to both areas is the development of the Roman and medieval landscapes. At Calstock, in South East Cornwall, survey and excavation is focussing on a Roman fort and deserted medieval settlement, whilst at Ipplepen excavation is revealing traces of a community which existed from the Iron Age, through the Roman, into the early medieval period. In Bere Ferrers the project is building upon previous work that has explored the landscape impact of a Crown-run silver mining industry of medieval date. After reviewing our current state of knowledge about these landscapes, the research aims of the Understanding Landscapes project will be outlined and details of how to get involved made clear!​

Dr Chris Smart is a landscape archaeologist at the University of Exeter. He specialises in the archaeology of the Roman and medieval periods in Britain, and the development of the historic landscape. He is co-investigator and manager of the Understanding Landscapes project.

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.
Thursday 6th December 2018 @ 7pm

'P is for Projects all over the moor, 
Q is for Questions - what's it all for?' 

An illustrated talk by Emma Stockley from Moor Than Meets The Eye, 
and the Widecombe History Group


Parishscapes, part of the Moor than meets the eye Heritage Lottery Fund-supported Landscape Partnership Scheme, is a community heritage project that has been telling the story of Dartmoor from a parish perspective since January 2015. Fourteen parishes, over the last few years, have collectively developed and delivered a staggering variety of volunteer-led initiatives that explore natural, cultural and built heritage in a range of creative and innovative ways. Projects ideas come from the communities themselves and all are a celebration of sense of people, place and the qualities that make Dartmoor special. 

Hear about the restoration of the Ten Commandments Stones on Buckland Beacon, how Throwleigh told the story of their Nissen hut village hall, Moretonhampstead’s project exploring their parish’s connection to the murder of Sir Thomas Beckett in 1170 and the story of Widecombe History Group’s publication of the ABC of Devon Dialect. With short film clips, photos and maybe even some audience participation (it is Christmas afterall…!), this will be a light-hearted talk by Dartmoor National Park’s Community Heritage Officer Emma Stockley and members of Widecombe History Group. 

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.