Exhibition in Poltimore Village Hall, Saturday 28th July 2012, 1-4pm
Over the last two years volunteers have undertaken extensive documentary research and have been scrutinising 19th century census data of Poltimore Parish and local newspaper data to build a picture of individuals and families who lived and worked on the Poltimore Estate. The results from the documentary research and fieldwork were brought together to create an exhibition that highlighted the multi-layered history and archaeology of the gardens, the wider landscape and the village of Poltimore.
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Landscape Archaeology Open Day Sunday 17th June 2012, 11am-4pm
This event presented the progress that the Poltimore Community and Landscapes Project made in unravelling the history and archaeology of the gardens, the wider Poltimore Estate and Poltimore village.
Project exhibition was in a marquee located on the lawn and visitors had the opportunity to see 'arcaheology in action' in the form of a demonstration test pit.
Refreshments in the Chapel. Dogs on leads welcome.
Poltimore House was open from 2-4pm
ALL WELCOME - FREE ENTRY
Local History Day, Saturday 3rd March 2012
We took part in the Local History Day where we had a display set up in the Westcountry Studies Library in Exeter. Visitors interested in finding out more about the project, or wanting to meet some of the team, or curious about what we had been doing since the project began were invited to visit the Westcountry Studies Library.
Heritage Open Weekend, 10th-11th September 2011, 11am-4pm
Once again Poltimore House took part in the national Heritage Open Days. Poltimore House and gardens was open to the public free of charge.
On Saturday 10th visitors it was hoped to offer visitors 'a once in a life time' opportunity to have a free ride in a tethered Hot Air Balloon to see the house, gardens and wider landscape from above, but adverse weather on the day prevented this.
There were, however, lots of displays including the Poltimore Community and Landscapes project display, alongside displays from Broadclyst Community Primary School,Devon’s Finds Liaison Officer, and Second World War and Cold War artefacts.
Also on Saturday 10th, one of the directors of the Poltimore Community and Landscapes Project, Dr. Oliver Creighton, gave a talk about the project (2.30 pm in the library).
On Saturday and Sunday, Prof. Henry French was available from 12-2pm to read and discuss any historical documents relating to Poltimore House and estate.
Throughout the weekend visitors were welcome to take part in the Poltimore Landscape Photographic Competition, and were invited to take a photo that captured the essence of Poltimore either from the ground or from the tethered balloon.
Poltimore Village Fete, Monday 29th August 2011
We were lucky to be able to take part in Poltimore Village Fete which was held in the grounds of Poltimore House. We presented a display of some of the project's work, focusing on the history and archaeology of the parish and the village.
Local History Day, Westcountry Studies Library, Exeter, Saturday 26th February 2011, from 10am
We took part in the local history day where we had a display set up in the Westcountry Studies Library on the 26th Feburary 2011. Visitors interested in finding out more about the project, wanting to meet some of the team, or find out what we had been doing since the project began in August and what we plan to do next were invited to attend.
Poltimore House Volunteers Open Day, Saturday 19th February 2011, 11.00-1.30
This was an opportunity for anyone interested in volunteering at Poltimore House.
Finds and Documents Roadshow, Poltimore Village Hall, Saturday 13th November 2010, 2-5pm
'Whilst digging in your garden, walking on the beach, metal detecting or even out walking in the fields have you ever found an object, or part of an object, that you have not been able to identify? It could be a small stone object, a coin, a tiny piece of pottery, a clay pipe, a metal or even glass object.' Visitors were invited to bring finds for identification and recording by project staff.
'Do you have any documents relating to the Poltimore Estate, and the house, in any period up to the late 20th century? These documents might be old leases, letters, diaries, newspaper cuttings, sale catalogues, maps, plans, drawings or even photographs.' Visitors were invited to bring documents for identification and recording by project staff.
There were also displays from the Friends of Poltimore House, the Historic Environment Office and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum relating to the history and archaeology of Poltimore and its surroundings.