• Tavistock Heritage Trust

Artists delve into Tavistock's World Heritage

In the last week of June, visitors to Tavistock’s historic Butchers’ Hall were treated to a glorious display of local artwork organised by Tavistock Heritage Trust and Tavistock Town Council. The Open Art Exhibition was designed as a celebration of Tavistock’s position within the Cornwall & West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site, and artists rose to the occasion with dozens of entries in a diverse range of media (have a look at the photos below!). We were delighted to be joined in Butchers’ Hall by Tavistock Rotary Club’s ‘My Tavistock’ exhibition, which featured accomplished artworks created by local schoolchildren, giving their perspective on the town. Chris Ellis, a spokesperson for Tavistock Rotary Club, commented: “It was a real pleasure to share the beautiful Butchers’ Hall with Tavistock Heritage Trust. The art on display from both adults and children complimented each other, and showed the depth of creativity in this area.”

Our Open Exhibition was the first of many activities which will be taking place in the town as part of the Guildhall Gateway Centre project. With the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Town Council and Tavistock Heritage Trust will repair, restore and convert Tavistock’s historic Guildhall and Magistrate’s Court to create a new heritage visitor attraction. The new centre will tell the story of Tavistock as the eastern gateway to the Cornwall & West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site. It will introduce local visitors and tourists to the important impact that mining had on the development of the town, as well as signposting them to other places to visit in the World Heritage Site area.

Visitors are welcomed to Butchers' Hall by THT and Rotary volunteers

Some of the entries to the Open Exhibition

An entry from Solomon Ewing from Tavistock Youth Cafe

Tavistock Town Councillor Paul Ward welcomes guests to the exhibition

Visitors explore the exhibition