Celebration Event, The Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Somerset – June 2012

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HRH Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex says a few words at the Bishop's Palace Celebration Event

We were honoured to have attended the Celebration Event at The Bishop’s Palace, Wells last evening at the invitation of Bishop Peter of Bath & Wells and his wife, Dee Price. The highlight was the attendance of HRH Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex who is the Bishop’s Palace Appeal Patron.

 

For the Palace, this marks the culmination of a fundraising campaign that began in 2004 and which has seen the construction of a new visitor’s centre, education centre and improvements to the undercroft. A newly created Garden of Reflection will also serve as a ‘landform sculpture’ to view the Palace and Cathedral.

 

Context One is proud to have been commissioned to carry out the archaeological work as part of these exciting projects since 2010 and the present programme will shortly draw to a close following the completion of the Garden of Reflection.

 

The Celebration Event may have been the Palace’s thank you to all those many organisations and individuals that has helped see the fruition of Bishop Peter’s vision, but, in turn, we would like to thank all of our staff, past and present, for their contribution to the excavations and making sense of some complicated archaeology. Visitors to the Palace must have often wondered why the moat was drained and filled so many times, not knowing of course that only when it was empty could we dig without our trenches being flooded! We also saw all the seasons in their extremes and I suppose it was fitting that the extremes of the British summer weather did not let us down on the night and the rain promptly fell like stair rods!

 

The job now is to piece together all the evidence that we have gathered in the last 18 months and shed new light on the fascinating history of the Palace. Watch this space….

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