Heritage at risk in the South West

Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register for the South West is published today (26th October), giving an annual snapshot of the condition of some of the region’s most important historic buildings, sites, monuments and places.

Across the South West, 91 sites have been removed from the Register because their futures have been secured, while 71 sites have been added to the Register...

Tim's film-making talents go global

The talents of a Tavistock film maker and branding expert are playing a key role in the development of a museum more than 7,000 miles away in the Falkland Islands.

Tim Roberts’ Fatcalf Media business has been working with the Falkland Islands Museum & National Trust since 2014 when a chance meeting with the museum’s manager led to a contract to produce a film chronicling the 1982...

Skills shortage threatens Plymouth’s oldest trades

Ancient occupations like stonemasonry and heritage carpentry could be lost forever if the UK fails to address its skills shortages, says a national training body.

The Heritage Craft Alliance (HCA), which provides accredited training to upskill the next generation of craftspeople, says 40,000 professionals are due to retire in the next decade.

There is already a desperate...

Introduction to Stonemasonry course at Castle Drogo

Introduction to Stonemasonry - 2 day workshop, 7-8 May, 10am - 5pm At: Castle Drogo. £60/£50 Dartmoor Arts and Devon Guild are running a comprehensive introduction to the skills, techniques, tools and purposes of stonemasonry with 2 experienced tutors: Trevor Clarke and Ben Martin. In the inspiring setting of Castle Drogo, you will learn how to use and maintain tools, practice masonry and letter carving techniques and you can work on a project of your own: carve an inscription or a 3D piece, or both. All materials and tools are provided. The course will include a tour of Castle Drogo,...

Celebration of marine and maritime heritage at Big Festival Weekend

Plymouth’s proud and historic links to the oceans are to be celebrated during two days of festivities on the Plymouth University campus.

The University’s world-leading marine and maritime research facilities are to be showcased to the public as part of the first ever Big Festival Weekend.

And the 2015 Plymouth Respect Festival, taking place as part of the weekend’s event, will...

Valiant Soldier exhibition marks Devon town’s role in Great War

Buckfastleigh’s time-capsule tourist attraction, the Valiant Soldier, is putting on a unique local exhibition about World War One.

It opens at the end of May and features artefacts, photographs, information and personal memories. The exhibition will display items ranging from German, French and British helmets to cards and gifts sent to the troops from the people left at home.


Iconic Ivybridge mill acquired by heritage property specialists

After 200 years of active service as a paper mill, the iconic Stowford Mill site in Ivybridge has been acquired by Burrington Estates and joint venture partner Pillar Land Securities as part of a £20 million regeneration project. Burrington Estates’ vision is to transform this eight-acre site, which sits in a beautiful location in the Erme Valley and is framed by Dartmoor National Park and...

Will you consider Saltram in Free Wills month?

Like most UK charities, the National Trust depends on legacies to help it look after its special places such as Saltram, near Plymouth. By taking part in the Free Wills Month campaign this October, you could help support this precious green space on the outskirts of the city and its magnificent mansion and gardens for future generations to enjoy.

Free Wills Month is a national campaign...

Suffrage play arrives in Plymouth city centre

As they continue their journey in celebration of the centenary of The Great Suffrage Pilgrimage, Dreadnought South West Association will be performing free Episodes from a new play in Plymouth city centre’s Piazza at 4pm on Thursday 27 June 2013. The play, Oxygen, looks at how women’s rights have changed in the last 100 years, how protest has changed and seeks to examine if there has been any...


A new play by Natalie McGrath celebrating the centenary of The Great 1913 Suffrage Pilgrimage, which saw thousands of women march across Britain to Hyde Park. The play looks at how women’s rights have changed in the last 100 years, how protest has changed and seeks to examine if there has been any realistic shift in power to ensure that women’s voices are heard in society. Oxygen will be performed at many of the stopping places along the original South West route from Land’s End to London. For more information see www.dreadnoughtsouthwest.org.uk