The Priory plays host to historic naval exhibition

Diary posted

14th August 2017

The Priory naval exhibitionTwo residents of The Priory at Abbotskerswell will be featured in a special touring exhibition focusing on 60 years of naval training at Dartmouth.

Lt Cdr Ian Pearson and Cdr Joe Young both served in the Royal Navy and now currently live at The Priory, which is playing host to the special oral history exhibition – Britannia’s Voices – on Saturday, September 30.  Lt Cdr Pearson trained in the 1940s and Cdr Joe Young in the 1950s.  Both are among the 66 interviewed to record their training memories.

Former naval officer cadets from Britannia Royal Naval College can be heard talking about their experiences at the college in their own words as part of the two-year Britannia’s Voices project made possible thanks to a £45,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant and support from the Britannia Association and the Foyle Foundation.

The recordings were made by trained volunteers and interviewees include HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and His Royal Highness The Duke of York.  Some interviewed describe how their training prepared them to serve in World War II, the Falklands conflict and the two Gulf wars.

The Priory retirement village – hosting the exhibition – is also presenting its own potted history of the The Priory, once home to a community of Augustinian nuns dating back to 1861. 

There will be a display of pictorial history for The Priory, which is now a vibrant retirement village providing independent living apartments and communal facilities for the over 60s.

The two exhibitions are being held at The Priory on Priory Road in Abbotskerswell on Saturday September 30 from 2-5pm.  Entrance is free and afternoon teas will be available.

For more information, please contact Gillie Byrom on 07894 831441