Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Support Past Preservers on The Hadrian's Wall Hike

This September Nigel Hetherington of Past Preservers will be returning to his ancestral homelands and taking part in the English Heritage's Hadrian's Wall Hike to raise funds for much needed conservation along the famous route. 

The English Heritage fundraising challenge has returned this year with The Hadrian’s Wall Hike! You can sign up today to join Nigel (and provide moral support!) and walk 30 miles of the 'best of the wall’ from Lanercost Priory to Chester’s Roman Fort, stopping at famed English Heritage sites - such as Birdoswald Roman Fort - en route. The hike, sponsored by Craghoppers, will give participants special access to the expert English Heritage team.

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Sunday, May 4, 2014



Saturday, 31st May 2014

The aim of this field trip is to visit two medieval houses dating from the 14th century, Ightham Mote and Penshurst Place.  Both are very distinctive buildings in lovely Kentish settings.

A huge conservation project at this important survival restored Ightham Mote, a very beautiful moated manor house, to its former glory. (The ‘mote’ refers to the Anglo-Saxon word ‘moot’ or assembly place).  Little alteration has taken place externally since the manor house was built in 1340.  Indeed the Great Hall with its original oak ceiling dates from that year.  The 15th century entrance tower still has its original oak doors.  Internal alterations took place in Tudor times and this is reflected in the Tudor chapel with its painted ceiling.

In the afternoon we will visit Penshurst Place, built as the home of a London merchant, Sir John de Pultenay in 1341.  Today the building appears to the visitor as a castellated Tudor House, for many additions took place in the 16th century.  However, like Ightham, it has a 14th century Great Hall, known as the Baron’s Hall, but this time with an impressive chestnut ceiling.  The paintings, tapestries and furniture on display depict the life and times of this essentially family residence.  Many paintings are of the Sidney family, as Penshurst was Sir Philip Sidney’s birthplace.

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Photos from the EMAS Easter Study Tour

You can find a selection of photos from the EMAS Easter study tour to Hadrian's Wall and the Scottish Borders here...

You can either view the photos from the thumbnails, or select the 'slideshow' option from the link top right of the main photo.

You can find the EMAS website here...