Society Christmas Card 2015
The 2015 Christmas card features an image of 'Hayricks above Challacombe' from a collection of photographs by Dr Richard Harper, kindly donated to the Society by his son, Dr Peter Harper. These photographs were taken to show the wide open spaces of Exmoor under threat of afforestation in the 1950s. The collection was initially used as part of the successful protest campaign from which the Exmoor Society was born. All profits from the sale of these cards go towards the work of the Society.

2016 Exmoor Review
The 2016 edition of the Exmoor Review is now available. It has been dispatched to members and is available to buy from the Society at 34 High Street, Dulverton or by post.

The Alfred Vowles Photographic Competition 2016 - Now open with new category announced
The next bi-annual Alfred Vowles photographic competition has a new category - 'Wildlife'. The competition is now open with a closing date of 31st December 2015. Photographs taken by amateur photographers will be judged in three categories - Scenery, Wildlife and Heritage. Please click here for the entry form and terms and conditions, click here.

Exmoor Language Garden Event
The Exmoor Language Garden, in association with the Exmoor Society, held an event on 21st November at Dulverton Town Hall to explore the relationship between the Exmoor environment and its language.

Steven Pugsley and Tony Takle contribute to the Society's Language Garden event 21.11.15

Issues explored included: Where does Exmoor dialect sit within the wider English Language? How do folk traditions influence the local dialect? How is language reflected in local customs, and how do we even learn language anyway?

Over the course of the afternoon, these questions were considered using materials from the Exmoor Society archives, board-games that explored how language changes over time, and recordings from a major language survey conducted in the area over 60 years ago. All this against the backdrop of talks from local historians, language experts and performances from Exmoor musicians Tom and Barbara Brown of Umber Music and local school children.

You can find the Exmoor Language Garden on facebook.
To read the press release, please click here.

Teachers from Dulverton School and Stephen Pugsley with the exhibits from Dulverton School pupils at the Language Garden event 21.11.15

The significance of Exmoor woodlands by the Exmoor Society Archivist
'This autumn, as the trees are turning, I have been using the Exmoor Society’s archives to explore the significance of woodlands on Exmoor. For the next few weeks, at the Society’s headquarters in Dulverton, we will be displaying paintings, photographs and maps which illustrate the importance of trees, woods and forests in the Exmoor landscape. We have available many reports on woodlands, from the 1961 Exmoor National Park Survey to the 2013 “Unlocking Exmoor’s Woodland Potential” which we sponsored. The library contains many books on the subject and we have digitised 1300 slides which show the changing nature of the woodlands...' Click here to read the press release in full.

Dunster Castle taken in September 1963 by Roger Miles
from a collection held by the Exmoor Society



You can now follow the Exmoor Society on Twitter


Society Samuel Foss Conservation Award 2015
The Samuel Foss Award was presented at the 2015 Annual General Meeting to Christina Williams for her drive and determination in setting up a five-year project called ‘Grazing the Moor’ with the Molland Estate, the Heather Trust and other partners. The project monitors the impact of changes to the grazing regime, including the introduction of winter grazing by cattle on the moor. The hope is that, through the experiment, winter grazing will begin a long-awaited fight-back against the explosion of gorse, bracken and Molinia grass that is threatening the moor’s character. To read the press release, please click here.

Christina Williams (right) with Society Vice-President Baroness Mallalieu
at the Society AGM 19th September 2015

Lucy Perry Literary Award 2016
The Society is pleased to announce that this literary award for young people aged 8 to 14 years is now open for entries, with a closing date of 31st December 2015. Please see the Awards/Competitions page for full details.

New Hope Bourne book 'Hope Bourne's Exmoor Village' - The rediscovered manuscript is now published
The Exmoor Society is proud to announce the publication of 'Hope Bourne's Exmoor Village'.
For half her lifetime, Hope lived in and around the village of Withypool. In the late 1960s she set about writing a tribute to the place. She takes the reader around the village, along the river and around the parish boundaries, describing people, local events, farms and the changing landscape. The manuscript was then lost for nearly half a century before being rediscovered by the Exmoor Society. This hardback book is illustrated with hitherto unseen line drawings. It can be purchased for £12.99 at the Society in person or by post/online from Halsgrove Press.
To see the flyer, please click here.

APPEAL - Moorlands at a Crossroads
The Society is commissioning an update on the 2004 'Moorlands at a Crossroads' report to assess the health of the moorland on Exmoor ten years on and the issues to be addressed in the future. This is to be carried out by the author of the original report and the cost is £5,500. The Society would greatly appreciate donations of any amount to help fund this. If you would like to contribute, you can pay by BACS (please contact the Society for details and a reference) or send your donation via a cheque made payable to the Exmoor Society and mark your envelope 'Moorland Update'. Thank you for your support.

The Pinnacle Award
is on Facebook - search 'The Exmoor Society Pinnacle Award' - and is open annually for young entrepreneurs aged between 16 and 24 years, with a grant worth £3,000 for a business plan connected to Exmoor's land based activities. See the Awards/Grants page for further details.

Society Accounts - to read the final accounts 31.5.15 please click here.

Premises in the High Street, Dulverton for the Exmoor Society
The Exmoor Society has moved to premises in the centre of Dulverton. Our address is 34 High Street, Dulverton, Somerset TA22 9DJ. The Society telephone number remains the same 01398 323335. The premises form the Exmoor Society Resource Centre which contains its offices, archives, library, work space with facilities and merchandise. These were all formally opened on March 19th 2015. To read the current press release please click here. Contact the archivist if wanting to do research work. Please see the Home page for details of our opening hours.

Graeme Bonham-Carter formally opens the Exmoor Society Resource Centre
19th March 2015
Left to right: Rachel Thomas (chairman), Sir Antony Acland (President), Dr. Helen Blackman (Society Archivist) and Graeme Bonham-Carter (son of the late Victor Bonham-Carter)

Exmoor Manifesto
The Exmoor Society has produced an Exmoor Manifesto that was sent to all parliamentary candidates in the Bridgwater & West Somerset and North Devon constituencies before the May General Election. To read the manifesto, please click here.

The proposed new constitution agreed at the AGM - to read, please click here

Unlocking Exmoor's Heritage
Follow the progress of this project via the Library page on this website under Resources or via Twitter on Archivist@ExSocArchivist. The purpose of the project is to assess, conserve and preserve the significant amount of materials that the Society has amassed over 56 years and to make this collection available by a variety of means to everyone, especially students and researchers. Funding has been secured from the Exmoor Society, the Exmoor National Park Partnership Fund, charities and private individuals. The project has recruited an Outreach Archivist, Dr. Helen Blackman. To read the press release from January 2014, please click here.

If you are interested in joining the volunteer team, please contact the Society.

An Exmoor hill farm

Woodland Report - 'Unlocking the Potential of Exmoor's Woodlands'
To read the report please click here, to read the summary of recommendations, click here and to read the press release, click here.

Exmoor and Hill Farming
To read about our campaign to support Exmoor's hill farmers, please click here.