Discover the Exeter Book (July)

Event Date: 
01/07/2015 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Exeter Cathedral Library and Archives

Wednesday 1st July 2015, 13.00-15.30 (Library and Archives, Palace Gate)

Your opportunity to experience the oldest book of English literature in existence – right here in Exeter!

Written in about 970AD, the Exeter Book is the oldest of only four surviving books of Anglo-Saxon literature anywhere in the world. Much admired for its beautiful writing and the quality of its verse, this unique book of poetry has been at Exeter Cathedral since Leofric, the first Bishop of Exeter, gave it to his church in around 1072. Within its 246 pages are some 40 poems and nearly 100 poetic...

Soil Culture Project wins funding

The Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World (CCANW) has received £16,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for an exciting project focused on the natural and cultural heritage of soils in the South West.

This is part of CCANW's wider 'Soil Culture' programme organised in collaboration with Falmouth University and supported by Arts Council England. It is an important UK contribution to the United Nations International Year of Soils 2015.

Healthy soils are not only essential for the production of our food, timber and fibres but are a vital part of our...

Home Ground exhibition - craft from our own backyard

Exhibition runs Saturday 20 September – Sunday 9 November

Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey, Devon, TQ13 9AF

The exhibition takes its direction from Common Ground, a Dorset charity who explored the relationship between nature and culture through areas such as music, sculpture, poetry and film. The Devon Guild is breaking new ground by using the media of craft to celebrate the charity’s idea of ‘local distinctiveness’ or ‘the unique characteristics such as customs, myths or plants’ - of a neighbourhood or small community.

Home Ground showcases the work of twelve...

Exhibition: 'Home Ground'

Event Date: 
20/09/2014 - 10:00am to 09/11/2014 - 5:30pm
Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey, Devon, TQ13 9AF

Celebrating home-grown making with a showcase of 12 craftmakers who use materials which are locally distinct, natural or recycled. The show explores local heritage and environment using traditional skills and resources combined with contemporary approaches. Exhibits include organic sculpture, roadkill materials, installations and recycled jewellery. Open daily. Free. 10am-5.30pm

Devon Guild of Craftsmen Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey, Devon, TQ13 9AF www.crafts.org.uk t: 01626 832223

War of words - Valiant Soldier stages moving tribute

Buckfastleigh people are staging a performance of poetry and the spoken word to mark the centenary of World War One.

Tipperary Days is taking place in the atmospheric period surroundings of the Valiant Soldier, the former pub that is now a heritage attraction. The shows, between Thursday May 29th and Saturday May 31st, will be performed by members of the Buckfastleigh Drama Group and by Rosemary Jessop.

The poetry is by a range of contemporary writers, including Thomas Hardy, Wilfred Owen, Rudyard Kipling and Siegfried Sassoon, some of whom were killed in the Great War....

Celebrating local pride and heritage

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 02/18/2014 - 11:00am

Devon Guild of Craftsmen have been awarded over £136,000 to support a tour of their exhibition and community project Home Ground, which explores the link between crafts, local industry and English football clubs.

The leading contemporary crafts organisation based in Bovey Tracey was one of 11 successful projects announced as part of Arts Council England's Strategic touring programme funded by the National Lottery. The programme supports arts organisations to tour high quality work so more people can experience and enjoy it.

Home Ground is an exhibition and community project...

Free visits to Dartmoor longhouse as part of Heritage Open Days

Cross the threshold of Higher Uppacott, Dartmoor National Park Authority's Grade 1 Listed longhouse, and step back in time to Medieval Dartmoor as part of Heritage Open Days 2013. This year Dartmoor National Park Authority has arranged a number of free visits to this unique building as its contribution to the national heritage celebration which runs from 12 to 15 September 2013. A longhouse is a medieval farmhouse in which both people and cattle were accommodated under a single roof. Higher Uppacott is rare and of national importance. It is one of the few remaining examples of this...

Stimulate local economies by unlocking unused heritage

Today, as the first comprehensive analysis of how the UK’s historic buildings are used by businesses is published, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has launched Heritage Enterprise, a pioneering new funding programme designed to stimulate local economic growth by unlocking the commercial potential of unused historic buildings and sites.

With a commitment of at least £25 million per annum over the next five years, HLF’s new scheme will empower not-for-profit organisations, such as community groups and social enterprises to work in partnership with the private sector to rescue and...

Christmas at Killerton

Event Date: 
02/01/2014 - 11:00am to 05/01/2014 - 4:00pm
Killerton House, National Trust, Broadclyst, Exeter, Devon EX5 3LE

Open everyday* 23 November 2013 - 5 January 2014, 11am-4pm.

Experience the magic of Christmas as Killerton, National Trust, near Exeter celebrate the festive classic 'A Christmas Carol'. Follow Scrooge on his journey to discover the true meaning of Christmas. Enjoy sparkling displays in the house; wrap up warm for the outdoor Christmas family trail with twinkling lights and willow reindeer.

All ages welcome. Free entry for National Trust members. House, garden and park admission £24.50 (two adults), £15 (family 1 adult), adult £9.60, child £4.80.


Killerton Craft Fair

Event Date: 
09/11/2013 - 4:00pm to 10/11/2013 - 4:00pm
Killerton House, National Trust, Broadclyst, Exeter, Devon EX5 3LE

Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 November, 10.30am-4pm.

Pick up festive ideas and gifts at our craft fair, with a wide range of local west country crafts and stalls in the house. £1.50 entry for non-members.

For further details, please visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/killerton or call us on 01392 881345. Image courtesy of NTPL.