New Project....

Herbert Read Archive - We are picking up a project started several years ago by The Arts Society Sidmouth (then SIDDFAS). This is the cleaning and cataloguing of the Herbert Read papers and architectural drawings which are held at the Devon Record Office at Sowton in Exeter. Herbert Read was a prominent local architect, especially known for ecclesiastical work including tthe restoratipn of Exeter Cathedral after the bombing in WW2.

Three Sidmouth volunteers will start work at The Heritage Centre in Sowton  immediately after Easter 2019. They have attended the Centre, met the curator and been given an overview of the work they will be  involved in which will included the cleaning and preserving of architectural drawings and correspondence from suppliers and clients  to  the firm.

A further two volunteers from The  Arts Society Honiton  will visit  during the first two weeks of May and between the five volunteers will organise themselves into teams to pick up and continue the on-going work of preserving this important Exeter archive.

We hope  the members enjoy  working on these beautiful architectural drawings and photos and it is good to share the project with a neighbouring Arts Society.

Previous Projects....

Library Conservation - Two teams of  Volunteers did a major project of conservation of the library at Sidbury Manor. Books, many of them two hundred years old, were cleaned, repaired and recorded on a database. The project took several years and was completed in 2018.

Parks and Gardens - A group of volunteers are recording the parks and open spaces of Sidmouth for the UK Parks and Gardens database. We started with the gardens at The Knowle and Tony Dustan-Smith's stunning photographs can be seen on the UK Parks and Gardens website, along with Peter Whitfield's research into the history of the gardens.

The Arts Society Sidmouth (then SIDDFAS) are the first organisation to complete one of these new NADFAS projects, and Parks and Gardens want to use this as a model for such projects. Click here to see the relevant page of the Parks and Gardens site.

This was followed up by recording Blackmore Gardens for the P&G site online, and the descrption of that project can be found in the latest (2018-2019) newsletter. 

As a result of this work, The Arts Society Sidmouth has picked up the first Parks and Gardens gold award, which was presented by Judith al-Saffar, National co-ordinator, to Jill Glazier, our chair, and Deirdre Hounsom our outreach coordinator..

An Illustrated Record of Cadhay House, near Exeter - Our volunteers cleaned, numbered, conserved and recorded a social commentary on a previously unknown collection of articles and costumes belonging to five consecutive generations of the owner’s family.