Artefacts revealed during Hannah More convention at Barley Wood House

PUBLISHED: 17:51 05 July 2019 | UPDATED: 11:09 09 July 2019

Delegates at the 'Hannah More in Context' day at Barley Wood House with newly discovered pictures and documents.    Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Delegates at the 'Hannah More in Context' day at Barley Wood House with newly discovered pictures and documents. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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The work of Hannah More, famous for her efforts to help those in need, was showcased at her North Somerset home as dozens of people learned more about her life achievements.

Ms More, a notable poet, playwright and philanthropist, was celebrated with tours of her home at Wrington's Barley Wood House on June 28-29.

Hannah More in Context showcased newly-discovered artefacts, including a painting, two books and a letter written by Hannah herself.

The conference also featured talks from delegates from around the world, including a lecture by Professor Patricia Demers from the University of Alberta.

Ms More lived from 1745-1833, and her philanthropic work in the area, including in Cheddar and Nailsea, was encouraged by politician William Wilberforce.

Event organiser Kerri Andrews said: "The conference was terrific and a lot of fun.

"This was the first event dedicated to Hannah More, which is the reason why it was significant.

"The tours also displayed manuscripts which have recently been revealed and brought back into existence for people to enjoy."

Kerri said the person who discovered the artefacts did not want to be named or reveal how the manuscripts were discovered.

She continued: "We had about 30 people attend the conference over the two days, lots of which said how much they enjoyed the talks and tours of the ground where many projects took place.

"We have left this year's conference wanting to take on a project to restore an inscription on a prominent figure's urn to make sure it's preserved."

The organisers want to repair the Bishop of London Beilby Porteus' urn, who was a Church of England reformer and a friend of Ms More's for many years.

Kerri said: "We've already got 2021 in mind for the next event, as we hoped to increase our reach with this year's offering.

"We would like to explore other ideas we can organise for the next conference, which we hope to hold at around the same time of year.

"We would also like to give thanks to Barley Wood and All Saints Church for hosting the event."

To send in event ideas for the Hannah More 2021 conference, email Kerri.Andrews@edgehill.ac.uk

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