Britain's Heritage Heroes

Poltimore House and its community of volunteers chosen as one of Britain's Heritage Heroes

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Poltimore House was featured on the BBC2 programme Britain’s Heritage Heroes on Wednesday 22 February 2012.

Back in September John Craven and Jules Hudson and the team burst onto the Poltimore House scene, to find out all about the huge volunteer efforts going into the project to restore the house and bring it back into use for the community of East Devon and Exeter. They met Friends and Trustees, heard about how the stucco in the famous Saloon was made (and now needs restoration) and learnt about the contribution of the Shilhay Community to the development of the Project Centre, created from renovation of the building that housed the 1908 kitchens.

John and Jules have been tracked on three heritage hero journeys across England and we saw what they made of Devon – and Poltimore House.

Tern Television says: ‘Devon is home to five areas of outstanding natural beauty and two national parks. It's a stunning county filled with people keen to keep the heritage of every beach, bay and pasture alive. John Craven and Jules Hudson try traditional farming with shire horses, learn about the craft of cob building and visit two historic homes providing their communities with a place to enjoy once again’.

More information about the series can be found at

Poltimore House needs your help! We have all kinds of opportunities for volunteering and welcome all skills and expertise.

Volunteers help with our many events (details on our website and leaflet), work in the grounds and on building renovation, and on organisation and administration. Come and hear about the project and what you can contribute, what new skills you can learn.

For further information contact Pat Wakeman, Volunteer Coordinator, Poltimore House, Poltimore, Exeter EX4 0AU, Tel: 01392 248938 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Website:

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