2020 one day workshop


Bredon, Worcestershire,


The Historic Farm Buildings Group Spring Meeting will this year be held at Bredon, and we shall focus on the subject of recording and research. Our knowledge of historic farmsteads and farm buildings has developed over many years. Despite pockets of wonderful work and research, and the support offered by Historic England to the development of an evidence base that has begun to put farmsteads into their rural landscapes - see https://historicengland.org.uk/advice/caring-for-heritage/rural-heritage/farm-buildings/ - we are lacking a national overview of the state of current research.

For the last few years, organisations such as Historic England and the National Trust have developed research agendas that have set out the questions that we now wish to ask, and importantly also how we think we can answer them. -

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We shall use the results of the day to put together a draft research agenda, and to then explore how we can use it to drive forward future work.

Our workshop will use recent work in Worcestershire as a framework for asking these questions for the first time at a national scale:

The day shall be divided into two parts: 

A morning of presentations and then an opportunity to consider the questions that you think need to be asked.

An afternoon field visit to Bredon Barn, which is located next to the church and the manor house (rebuilt in the 16th century) at the west end of the village. The tithe barn with its room for the farm bailiff was constructed during the mid-14th century but was burnt down in 1980 and was repaired in 1983. It was part of a large estate, and offers rich material for considering the questions that we wish to ask. 



We shall meet at Bredon Village Hall Main Road, Bredon, GL20 7QN.

(website: http://bredonvillagehall.org.uk)

9.30                         Coffee

10.00                       Jeremy Lake -Introduction and welcome

10.05                       Dan Miles, Historic England

                                Why research agendas? 

10.20                      Jeremy Lake, HFBG

                               Farmsteads: what we know, what we want to find   out.

10.40                     Emily Hathaway, Worcestershire Archives & Archaeology             Service - Worcestershire Farmsteads &          Landscapes:Questions for site survey.

10.55                     Alan Wadsworth, Worcestershire Farmsteads Project.

                              Boots on the ground:Answering the questions.

11.15                     Coffee

11.30                     Setting out the Farmsteads Research Agenda 
         Round table or structured discussions to produce outline              agenda

1.00pm                 Introduction to the afternoon

                             Bredon Barn, historic documents and the FWB Charles Archive

1.15 pm         Buffet lunch, tea and coffee provided

2.30pm               Bredon Barn

                      We shall look at the medieval fabric of Bredon Barn, consider how it served its wider estate, its later history and the principles that underpinned its restoration after the fire of 1980 by the architect F.W.B Charles, better known as Freddie. Freddie (1912-2002) and his wife Mary (1924-2005), both well-known conservation architects, gifted their archive and over 3000 images to the Worcestershire Archives and  Archaeology Service. We shall display images over lunch, and show how the archive provides insights into their approach to the barn’s restoration. 

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