Audio Tour

We’re excited to announce that St Nicholas Priory will soon have an audio tour for visitors to enjoy. We’ve been working with storyteller Sara Hurley and a team of actors, musicians and technicians to bring the history of the building to life. Listen to a short preview here. Sara Hurley and Ben Tallamy discuss the creative process in this video. Interview: Sara … Read More

The Embalmed Crucified Man

Dear Friends, Our own wonderful David Radstone has taken the time to record a little lecture for us. Here are his intriguing, introductory words: How do we connect an eminent 18th Century Surgeon, his mummified mistress, a poisoned harpoon, and a balloon? Learn more about John Sheldon. He was a surgeon at the Devon & Exeter Hospital, an expert embalmer … Read More

The stained glass of the chapel of the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital

Dear Friends, Exeter’s excellent Darren Marsh and I have been chatting about his latest research  – and a possible project at the priory. More shall be revealed soon but, for now, Darren has agreed to be our first contributor to our blog. Enjoy and be safe, Judith In 1868, Exeter’s much-loved surgeon Arthur Kempe (1812-1871) offered to donate a chapel … Read More