Abbey’s past will help guide fu­ture of care

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AS Tewkes­bury Abbey moves to­wards the cel­e­bra­tion of its 900th an­niver­sary in 2021, the his­tory and her­itage of the abbey will be the fo­cus of a new re­search project.

The project which will be a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the abbey com­mu­nity and the Uni­ver­sity of Ex­eter.

Thanks to a grant from the Friends of Tewkes­bury Abbey and match fund­ing from the uni­ver­sity, a ded­i­cated doc­toral re­searcher, Eleanor March, has been ap­pointed to lead the project and to pre­pare a Con­ser­va­tion Man­age­ment Plan which will help guide the con­tin­u­ing care for the abbey.

Eleanor is a qual­i­fied his­tor­i­cal ar­chae­ol­o­gist, a grad­u­ate of Ex­eter and York uni­ver­si­ties, and comes to this project di­rect from work­ing in a her­itage con­ser­va­tion role at Bo­diam Cas­tle, Sus­sex.

Her par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est is in me­dieval sites and she is es­pe­cially pleased to take up this role.

She said: “This is the ideal op­por­tu­nity to ex­tend my re­search into the char­ac­ter of English monas­tic ar­chi­tec­ture and to its long his­tory of adap­ta­tion from Con­quest to Re­for­ma­tion and be­yond, and to in­form my fu­ture work in her­itage.”

The re­search project started last month and will run for three years.

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