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May 19, 2022

2022 Summer Conference



Dunster: Early Building Fabric
Saturday 25th June 2022

 at the Room over Rohans Shop, Dunster Steep, Dunster, TA24 6SE

The Early Dunster project began in June 2018 with a grant from HE, to look at the early building fabric of Dunster.  The aim of the project is to interpret the early phases of each building to gain a better understanding of the early town. This is based on structural surveys of the buildings. The surveys are complemented by photographs, research into documentation, including probate records, earlier publications and the SANHS Proceedings. Some of these buildings have been proved through dendrochronology to be remarkably early.

As well as working with Historic England, the team work closely with Dunster Museum, local organisations such as the local archaeology group and individuals who have personal stories to tell about Dunster. The DBG Summer Conference will be looking at the research and buildings in Dunster that the project has uncovered. To learn more about the Early Dunster project:

The DBG Summer Conference will begin with our customary coffee and cakes, followed by a series of short lectures. The afternoon will start with an in situ talk on the Old Kiln. The rest of the afternoon the delegates are free to explore Dunster. Three properties, which were surveyed by the project, will be open for you to visit.


The meeting will commence with cakes and coffee at 10.30 a.m.

Talks  at 11.00 a.m.

Mary Ewing
Richard Parker
Tony Harding
Barbara Hoffbauer

Dunster is well provided with excellent cafes and pubs. The conference room will remain open for those who wish to bring their own packed lunch. There are chairs and tables.

Meet at the Dunster kiln (behind the conference room) at 2.15pm for a talk about the old kiln by David Dawson
Delegates will be provided with a map marking the 3 open houses, and points of interest.

The delegates can re-convene at 4pm for coffee/tea and a discussion.


The meeting is free to members. Guests may attend at a fee of £10.00 each.
It would be helpful to know how many members intend to come, so if possible please complete and return the slip or email Peter Child: