Cadbury Castle artefacts re-displayed


The running of Fursdon is a hands-on affair which can sometimes feel overwhelming (so much to do!), and we know that bits get overlooked sometimes.

This said, we are always grateful when someone points out something (in a nice way!) that could be improved upon.

Such was the case with ex-museum worker Jenny Yendell who came on a guided house tour last year but felt our display of Cadbury Castle artefacts – which are significant nationally – could be improved upon – quite a lot.

She kindly volunteered to help us create a new display for our 2024 exhibition, and we are really pleased with the results.

Cadbury Castle

For those of you that don’t know, Cadbury Castle is a nearby Roman hillfort and public footpath popular with walkers that forms part of the Fursdon Estate. In 1848, the incumbent landowner George Fursdon organised for an archaeological dig to take place in the well shaft that had been discovered up there.

A number of Roman artefacts were discovered, including bronze and shale jewellery and fragments of pottery. These have been carefully saved over the previous century or so and are now displayed at Fursdon in a way that does them proper justice!

For those of us involved in this project, it has been amazing to see the artefacts come to life, and we hope that history lovers, as well as walkers captivated by the magic of Cadbury Castle, might come to take a look this summer.

Thanks

Thanks to Jenny Yendell for her expert help with the cataloguing and display, The Weedons for their wonderful photographs and artwork, Liam Bard for lighting, David Snow for decoration, and local drone photographer Daryl Baker for his fantastic aerial photograph of Cadbury Castle. Thanks to Russ at Freeline Graphics in Exeter for his help and support with ongoing improvements to the museum generally.