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Hooke Park is hosting a series of talks February-March 2018, in collaboration with Common Ground, exploring vernacular architecture and community building:

HARRY CURSHAM: TOLLER FRATRUM FARM 21st February 2018 | 5 – 6.30pm
Harry Cursham, founder of Vivus Solutions, is an expert in lime and has 30 years’ experience of historic building conservation. Harry will discuss the restoration of Toller Fratrum Farm, a Grade II farmhouse devastated by fire in 2015, describing the challenges of the project and a fascinating new history of the building gleaned from its ancient roof timbers.

OWEN GRIFFITHS: TY UNNOS (ONE DAY HOUSE) 28th February 2018 | 5 – 6.30pm
Owen Griffiths is an artist based in Cardiff and the current Cultural Ambassador of Wales, known for his community engagement on projects exploring architecture, people and place. Owen will discuss his ongoing collaboration with Common Ground, including a residency at the National Botanic Garden of Wales in which he assembled a permanent outdoor classroom in a single day!

ASSEMBLE: LOGBOOK 7th March 2018 | 5 – 6.30pm
Assemble is an collective of artists and architects based in London, known for their varied and imaginative projects, particularly the Turner Prize-winning Granby Street in Liverpool. They will discuss their ongoing research with Common Ground into vernacular architecture, including their Log Book residency at Lincoln Cathedral, inspired by the roof of the Chapter House.

We Can Make is a new housing initiative in Bristol that encourages communities to create the homes they want and need. Melissa Mean, the project lead from Knowle West Media Centre, will discuss the project with Tim Crabtree of the Wessex Community Assets, an organisation that supports rural communities through land trusts and develop community housing projects.


Talks are held in the Refectory, Hooke Park campus, DT8 3PH (near Beaminster). Talks are free and open to all. Please email with numbers if you are intending to join. All talks will begin at 5p.m. and finish by 6.30.

Event flier here.