by Jo Clarke, Marketing and Communications Officer

If you’ve been following our news in recent months you’ll know that plans to restore and reinterpret our historic Elizabethan House have been making progress.

Earlier this month we were thrilled to announce that the Heritage Lottery Fund had awarded £142,000 to the project to help with developing the interpretation. You can read the official press announcement here.

Prior to this some announcements about the appointment of specialist architects DHV Architects (Dittrich Hudson Vasetti) and the listed building application made by Plymouth City Council were also made. Click on the links to read the announcements in full.

This short video clip also sets the scene and outlines how we’re planning to create a new visitor experience as part of the city’s Mayflower 400 commemorations in 2020.

Since DHV Architects were appointed early in 2018 they’ve been undertaking a series of investigations on the fabric of the house. The results from these will help them understand how the house has been developed and altered throughout the centuries, and how any future work can be done in the most appropriate way to conserve it for the future.

This clip with Conservation Architect James Mackintosh outlines how they’ve been looking at the early plaster work, the different paint schemes and considering new ideas for interpretation.

A number of other specialists have been working alongside James including an archaeologist who’s been looking at the fabric of the building and a dendrochronlogist who’s been analysing the oak timbers. Dendrochronology is the scientific method of tree dating. Looking at the condition of the timbers and discovering which trees they were made from can help date the building.

Other specialists have been looking at the frame, render, slates and features such as the fireplace. This video gives a glimpse into what these investigations have and can reveal.

Now we have the development funding from HLF there will be lots more news to share about the Elizabethan House in the coming months. We’ll be posting regularly on this blog and on our social media channels so stay tuned!