Early Dunster Project
Sponsored by Historic England
Working with Dunster Museum
Early Dunster Project Autumn Event
Check below for more details of the Early Dunster online event programme and to register for the webinar series.
This is a Free event with donations to the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society. A voluntary donation would however be greatly appreciated. We suggest a donation of £3 or more. (Please use code EDP2020 to identify donations). Thank You.
**NEW ** The slides from Dr. Nat Alcock’s excellent webinar on Cruck Building: England, Wales and the West Country are available to view here. You can also click here to read a reflection on the webinar by Dr. Lizzie Induni, event host and Chair of the SANHS Historic Buildings Committee.
Also, we would welcome any feedback you may have about our event or any of its exhibits. You’ll find the comments form at the bottom of this page.
The Lecture Programme
A series of diverse and informative on-line lectures (“webinars”) presented by distinguished experts in their respective fields.
These will be presented live through the Zoom video channel on the dates and times detailed below.
Exmoor archaeologist and Project Team Member Isabel Richardson discusses the report on the history of the Dunster Castle Gatehouse, as surveyed by the Early Dunster Group 2019 – 2020
To register for this webinar please email [email protected] and put 31OCT as the subject.
Past Webinars …….
A Walk Through Dunster’s History
Saturday 26 September at 2pm
Local historian Barbara Hoffbauer takes us on an introductory tour of Dunster’s recorded history, from 1066 to the present day.
Renowned local expert Jerry Sampson talks about the Church and its central role in Dunster’s history
We are delighted to welcome Nat Alcock, regarded as the UK’s leading expert on mediaeval crucks, to share his wealth of experience.
Also click here to read an reflection on the webinar by Lizzie Induni, webinar host and Chair of the Historic Buildings Committee.
Mary Ewing, Architect and leader of the Early Dunster Project, takes a look at the plans and layout of the typical Dunster house.
To register for this webinar please email [email protected] and put 24OCT as the subject. (Note if you registered for Nat Alcock’s webinar on 17 October, that registration is also valid for this one)
The On-line Exhibition
Alongside the webinar series we are hosting a series of on-line exhibitions on the SANHS website, illustrating various aspects of typical Dunster and West Somerset architecture and local history, and looking at some of the particular areas of research within the Early Dunster project.
(Click on the images below to view exhibits)
A fascinating look through the architectural features that the Early Dunster project is uncovering, and how we use these features to help understand and date our mediaeval buildings
One of the particular areas of interest within the Early Dunster project is the diverse range of carpentry techniques and styles which we are discovering. This on-line presentation takes a look at some of the findings so far...
With grateful thanks to St Nicholas Priory for their help and information used in putting together this exhibit
What do we know about the history of the houses? - who lived in them, and when? This presentation introduces some of the documents we use to trace that, and some of the stories we've discovered so far.
A profile of the Early Dunster Volunteers team, whose work in surveying, researching, recording, sketching, drawing and report writing is the "cornerstone" of the project.