National Trust project to collect memories of Dunsland House

DUNSLAND House, between Hatherleigh and Holsworthy, burned down just three nights before it was due to be opened to the public by the National Trust in 1967. It was deemed too expensive to repair at the time and the ruins were demolished, leaving the bea

DUNSLAND House, between Hatherleigh and Holsworthy, burned down just three nights before it was due to be opened to the public by the National Trust in 1967.

It was deemed too expensive to repair at the time and the ruins were demolished, leaving the beautiful parkland the Trust manages today.

Now, the National Trust is starting an oral history project which aims to record people's memories of Dunsland's past and preserve them for future generations.

National Trust warden Justin Seedhouse, who is in charge of the project, said: "Dunsland would be a very different place today had it not been for the catastrophic fire.


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"Today when you visit, the place has a quiet and eerie feel as if Dunsland is sleeping, waiting for its stories to be re-awakened.

"Later this year we will be inviting people to an event so we can begin to collect and record these important stories."

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The National Trust is also holding an arts competition on the themes of Dunsland Past or Dunsland Present.

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