Monthly talks on building history and vernacular architecture, with a particular emphasis on Somerset.
Guests are always welcome. A suggested donation of £2 would be gratefully received by our treasurer for those that are not members.

All meetings are at the Parish Rooms in Somerton at 7.30pm, unless otherwise noted.

The Parish Rooms in Somerton

Mary is now co-ordinating the programme and would appreciate suggestions of speakers / subjects / visits from you. meetings

Programme of SVBRG events

Next meeting - Wednesday 20th March

Barry Brock will talk about his ongoing research into a building within the town of Sherborne. The building features an elaborate roof structure that has now been dendro dated to between 1404 and 1436.

Previous meetings

Wednesday 21st February

Meriel O’Dowd and her colleague Rachel Whitty gave a talk on the work of the Churches Conservation Trust. Meriel is conservation projects manager for the South West region of the CCT and has overseen many sensitive projects that seek to conserve our historic churches through a programme of considered conservation and minimal intervention.

Wednesday 17th January

Taunton Deane Building Stones: a survey for the Somerset Heritage Trust

Garry Dawson gave a talk on his hugely impressive accomplishment of surveying almost every building in the Taunton Deane area in partnership with the late Peter Wright, recording the types of stone used and where they came from.

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Other local meeting & talks

Martock Local History Group
They meet in Martock each month at the Primary School in Elmleigh Road. The meetings are on the 4th Tuesday of each month. Our aim is to have lectures during the winter months and organise visits, field walking and more outdoor activities during the summer.

Tintinhull Local History Group
All evening meetings 7.30pm Tintinhull Village Hall. Vicarage Street.(Unless otherwise stated). NON MEMBERS WELCOME - £3 entrance fee. - Members entrance fee £1.