SANHS Historic Buildings Committee

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Dunster Priory, photo: Tony Harding

When the Historic Buildings Committee was founded within SANHS, vernacular buildings were not considered to be of great importance. Early members of this Committee made a significant contribution to the national groundwork which established a better appreciation of what is now seen as an important aspect of the history of buildings within this country. Today, with that topic now receiving due recognition, the focus of the Historic Buildings Committee has broadened to cover all buildings of interest, whether they be stately homes, mansion houses or humble homes, public buildings and churches, farm buildings or any other buildings associated with the lives of all and any of the people of this county.

To pursue its aims the Committee’s functions include a full programme of events, some one-off events, such as talks, exhibitions and visits to interesting properties, other longer term projects, such as surveying and recording old buildings and acting as an agent for the Council for British Archaeology (CBA) in assessing listed building planning applications within the county. Some of this work is carried out through the SANHS Building Recording Group. Recently some of the talks have been linked into specific themes, which have added a further dimension to their content. Also, as there is a high level of professional expertise amongst some of our Committee members, a keen interest has been taken in the Society’s estate, particularly in the work involved with the setting up of Taunton museum, Castle House and the grounds of the estate.

A significant project is currently underway to record and investigate early buildings in Dunster. Click here to read more about the project

During its existence the Committee has amassed a considerable number of papers and pictures which provide a valuable source of information for those researching buildings within the county. These are still being augmented by current projects. Although not on general display those researching historic buildings within Somerset can, with suitable proof of identity, apply to us for access to our archive.

Reports on specific talks, events and projects covered in the recent past, together with references to members who have played a major role in advancing building research both within the county and nationally, can be found by following the links listed to the right.

Click here to view reviews of past events.

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