Lunchtime Talk: ‘Architectural History of Exeter in Building Stone’

Lunchtime Talk by Phil Collins, ‘Architectural History of Exeter in Building Stone’.

A history of Exeter in building stone

A wide range of building stones have been used in Exeter. We will explore the history of the use of different stones at different times across the city, from the Roman period to the 21st century and the buildings that have been constructed.  The origins of the materials involved and their geological history will be covered and the social and economic influences on the use of stone overtime will be explored.  Historic building conservation issues posed by different stones will be touched on.  Finally a brief update will be given on Historic England’s Strategic Stone Study and its programme of County Building Stone Atlases.


Phil is currently a heritage and architectural consultant. Current projects include co-authoring county based Building Stone Atlases for Historic England for the Home Counties, East Anglia and London.  The project is identifying the most significant building stones in each county and, where possible, the original source of stone for a particular historic building or settlement. The location of all quarries that produced these stones is being mapped.

Phil has been helping EHBT with fundraising and the replacement heating project. He is involved with a range of other charities and projects, particularly helping Heritage Fund supported initiatives at Wheal Martyn Museum, Flat Holm Island and for the Devon Wildlife Trust.  Until 2019 Phil was a member of the Heritage Lottery Fund’s South West Lottery Committee helping to make decisions on funding across the region.  Over the past 20 years Phil has held management positions at the National Trust, Torquay Museum, Natural England and English Nature. He has been a member of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings for over 30 years and was recently involved in their Horsham Stone Slate Forum.

Please note this is an ancient building and wheelchair accessibility is limited to the ground floor only. Unfortunately, this event is not wheelchair-accessible.


Jan 22 2020