This is an extract from Blackdown Hills AONB Heritage website:

The remarkable historical and archaeological value of the Blackdown Hills is one of the reasons the area is protected. The landscape has been shaped by man, from early hunters to modern farmers.

Link to the Blackdown Hills heritage and history

Heritage projects

Discover Dunkeswell Abbey

The purpose of the Discovering Dunkeswell Abbey project was to raise the profile of Dunkeswell Abbey which has a rich cultural and historic interest. The project helped the local community connect with and understand the site through an archaeology programme, multi-generational engagement activities and on-site interpretation material.

Click HERE to access Discover Dunkeswell Abbey

RAF Culmhead Heritage Environment Programme

This study of the surviving structures and the history of the former RAF fighter station at Culmhead sets out the history of the airfield and its buildings; the significance of the airfield, regionally and nationally, and puts forward recommendations for the conservation, management and further recording work of these structures.

Link to a PDF of the Project Report

Dunkeswell War Stories

Capturing on film the stories of local people and US veterans based at Dunkeswell during WW2.

Link to Dunkeswell War stories

Local Stories

The AONB Partnership supports the Carousel Project in delivering high-quality, creative and fun local heritage learning for very young children and their families. This video was produced by one group exploring about the area’s ancient iron industry.

Link to Iron Working in the Blackdown Hills

Blackdown Archives

This volunteer-led group is gathering and making available a wealth of local material.

Link to Blackdown Archives website

We organise an active heritage group and there are many other local groups with an interest in history, heritage and archaeology.