Cornerstone at Powderham Summer Lectures, May 23 - June 8
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May 23, 2017


Powderham Castle

This May and June Cornerstone Heritage, the University of Plymouth's heritage research group,  presents three weeks of (almost) daily talks by leading experts on the history and heritage of the historic built environment hosted by the Earl of Devon at Powderham Castle. 'Cornerstone at Powderham' is part of the University of Plymouth's wider on-site investigation of the castle's history this summer in collaboration with staff and students from the department of Historic Preservation, University of Pennsylvania. All talks are open to the public and free to attend. Talks will be held in the Chapel at Powderham Castle at 1pm or 6pm.

Tues 23 May, 6pm             

 'Running a Historic Property in the Twenty-First Century',

Monty Beaumont, Castle Director, Powderham Estate

Wed 24 May, 1pm              

'Space, Place and Material Culture in Eighteenth-Century Britain',

Daniel Maudlin, Professor of Early Modern History, University of Plymouth

Thurs 25 May, 6pm           

 'Country Houses in Devon and Cornwall',

Paul Holden, House and Collections Manager,

Lanhydrock House, Cornwall (National Trust)

Fri 26 May, 1pm                 

 'Design and the Future of Heritage Apps',

James Brocklehurst, Programme Leader, Graphic Communication,

University of Plymouth

Mon 29 May, 1pm             

 'Conserving the Robert Adam Interiors at Saltram House',

Louise Ayres, House and Collections Manager,

Saltram House, Devon (National Trust)

Tues 30 May, 1pm          

    'Built Heritage as Virtual Reality',

Rob Giles, Team Leader, Faculty of Business Information Technology,

University of Plymouth

Wed 31 May, 


 'The American Interior in the Eighteenth Century',

   Laura C. Keim, Penn Design, University of Pennsylvania


 'Place-Making for the Imagination: Horace Walpole and the Landscape of Strawberry Hill', Dr Marion Harney, University of Bath

Thurs 1 June, 6pm              

  Histories of the Unexpected Live:

'The Material World of Powderham: a castle, a horn, a bookcase and a chair',

James Daybell and Sam Willis, Histories of the Unexpected

Mon 5 June,


  'US Approaches to Cultural Landscapes and Conservation Planning'

   Prof Randall F. Mason, Chair in Historic Preservation, University of Pennsylvania


  'The Restoration of the Belvedere at Powderham'

   Philip Hughes, Philip Hughes Associates Building Conservation

Tues 6 June, 1pm                               

 'Heritage and Historic Buildings',

Richard Hewlings, Senior Properties Historian, Historic England (retired)

Wed 7 June, 1pm              

   'The Georgian Country House',

Richard Hewlings

Thurs 8 June, 1pm              

 'Managing a World Heritage Site in the Twenty-First Century',

Deborah Boden, 

Director, Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscapes World Heritage Site