This Programme seeks to increase awareness and understanding of the Stour Valley.
Learn more about Programme 1
This Programme seeks to conserve the heritage assets of the Stour Valley, see our events for more.
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Encouraging local community groups of all kinds to enjoy the Stour Valley’s heritage assets.
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The principal risk to this unique historic landscape is one of gradual decay and erosion, leading to the loss of those features which so characterise the area. 1584 Listed Buildings (that is buildings that are considered to be of special architectural or historical interest) are recorded for the Stour Valley. Current data for the counties would suggest that 2% of the area’s listed buildings are at risk. However there has been no systematic survey of the Grade II Listed buildings and there are still significant gaps in the information needed to decide future conservation strategies.
To help fill this gap, English Heritage, together with the HLF Landscape Partnership project ‘Managing a Masterpiece’, and the Stour Valley and Dedham Vale AONB project, is funding a base-line survey to identify those buildings which are most at risk.
To find out more about the project visit the project homepage.
The excavations came to an end last week (7th October 2013) at our community dig near Goldingham Hall, a short distance from Bulmer. This brings to an end not only our last excavation this year but our last excavation which will be supported by Managing a Masterpiece.
Excavations ran like clockwork as usual with our old friends from Access Cambridge Archaeology, who were running this final dig. We saw a whole host of familiar faces as all our keenest of volunteers turned out for another chance to get wet and muddy before the end of the season. We also saw a number of new faces too and a few who had been trying to join us for some time but hadn’t found a place. All in all we had yet another keen group of community archaeologist who fought through the mildly inclement weather with a relentlessly chipper attitude.
The Stour Valley is an exciting and beautiful landscape that has captured people’s imagination for centuries. ‘Cycling through a Masterpiece’ provides a number of interesting routes through the Stour Valley which take you to numerous locations of historical importance and past enchanting views. The routes are also designed to enable the keen cyclist to link them together easily to create a truly challenging ride. Many of the points of interest are open to the public and we strongly recommend that you check for opening times before you set out in order to get the most out of your ride.
Following the success of the May 2013 excavations, we are excited to announce that Managing a Masterpiece and Access Cambridge Archaeology are returning to Clare Country Park in September for a five day programme of community excavations to continue exploring what was found earlier in the year, particularly focusing on the possible cemetary area.
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Celebrating the Stour Valley Landscape.
Managing a Masterpiece has commissioned a 360º study of the landscape surrounding 36 church towers nestled in the historic landscape, leading to interactive tours of the area. Take the Tour.
The aim of this project is to restore a Stour Lighter and use it as a fare-paying vessel for interpretative trips along the River Stour. Lighters have been immortallised in paintings such as Constable's ‘Boat building near Flatford Mill' (1815).
Why not download our guide to recommended walks or cycle routes in the area.
For the walking routes clilck here and for the cycle routes click here.
The hatchments which have been under restoration with Rosalind Whitehouse, have now been fully restored. They will be remounted on the walls of Kedington Church around the end of October. We look forward to celebrating the end of the Managing a Masterpiece project in due course.
‘Take the landscape round here at Wormingford…..some would find it pretty tame. There are no hills worth speaking of, yet there is a subtlety about this landscape which I feel and see, but which remains very difficult to define. I never look for more than reality the farming the trees and the river.’ - John Nash.