Monastery News

James Edmund Harting Exhibition

The monastery archives and library team has recently installed its latest pop up exhibition in the Abbey Visitor Centre focusing on the collections of James Harting. Harting (1841-1928) was educated at Downside from 1854-60 and became a renowned ornithologist and naturalist. Downside holds his material as it was donated to us on his death and […]

Epiphany Reception 2018

The Monastic Community welcomed friends to Downside, on Friday 5th January, to celebrate an Epiphany Reception.  The catering department prepared delicious canapés for the event and the large number of guests enjoyed welcoming in 2018 together. Visitors were pleased to see that work had been carried out to replace a missing right hand on the […]

Exhibition with Radstock Museum

We are delighted to announce that in the first half of 2018 we will be running an exhibition at Radstock Museum. Between February and April 2018, we will be running an exhibition with Radstock Museum, entitled From Douai to Downside, and documents how a community of monks arrived in Somerset in 1814. The exhibition will […]

Archive Finds: Monk Mapping

Downside Heritage volunteers have been researching the birthplaces of Downside’s community. Over the years, monks have come from all over the globe, including Egypt, Australia, Mexico and India. Our volunteers have been pinning maps showing us where the monks were born which shows for the first time how global the Downside community is. To find […]