On Saturday 30th September, The Priory opened to the public, hosting a special touring exhibition focusing on 60 years of naval training at Dartmouth. The oral history exhibition – ‘Britannia’s Voices’ featured two residents from The Priory, Lt Cdr Pearsons and Cdr Joe Young who served in the Navy in the 1940s and 1950s.
Alongside this exhibition, we showed our own exhibition in The Octagon of the history of the Priory. This was a taster display since we are currently raising funds to present our own memorabilia of this fascinating building that began as a Manor House and became a Convent for Augustinian nuns to the present day where it is used as an invaluable facility for the residents of The Priory.
Teas were available for purchase by visitors and were freely offered to our willing team of resident volunteers. These included those on the tea rota, those helping with “Britannia Voices” and others who were on hand to talk about the Priory’s history. We also greatly benefited from voluntary help of four young midshipmen from Dartmouth who organised visitor parking, (looking splendid in their uniforms) who also conversed with people over tea. The behaviour of these young people was exemplary and they loved our homemade cakes!
Many thanks go to all who helped to ensure the success of both events. £200 was raised towards our Priory History Project.