Visiting the Archive

The Archive interior by Hugh Strange Architects, 2012, with display shelves, 2017 and plan chest. Shatwell Farm, Drawing Matter

The Archive and farmyard at Shatwell are open by appointment to tutor-led groups of students, architects, and individual researchers pursuing a specific line of enquiry. We prefer visits on Thursdays and Fridays, or Saturday mornings.

We have an informal rule that 15 people is the maximum that can gather round and discuss an individual drawing, and the archive space was designed with this limit in mind. The effective maximum size of a group on the Shatwell site is 30, assuming that half the party looks at the buildings while the others are in the archive.

Tutors (or others) wishing to bring a group to the Archive should contact giving details of the course the students are studying, and opening a discussion on subjects of particular interest to them. A very useful prelude would be an exploration by teachers and students of the material presented on

From 1st January 2018, Drawing Matter Trust will charge a fee of £10 per student visitor. This includes the discursive exchange with tutors, outlined above, on the content appropriate to the visit. These funds will be applied directly to a student scholarship for the annual Drawing Matter summer school. A simple sandwich lunch can be ordered at an additional charge.

Please note that the Archive is situated in a working farmyard, so boots may be necessary.

Photography is encouraged in the farmyard (and rather discouraged within the archive!). We would like you to participate in a modest evolving experiment on photographic documentation of the changing Shatwell site by sharing these images on social media by using #shatwellfarm.


BY TRAIN: Departures can be made from London Paddington to Castle Cary or from London Waterloo to Templecombe. Each station is ten minutes from Shatwell, with the journey to Castle Cary being slightly shorter. Taxis to and from the station should be booked ahead. We can provide a list of local taxi and coach companies to meet trains – and several warmly recommended pubs and restaurants nearby.

BY CAR: Shatwell Farmyard (Shatwell Lane, Yarlington. BA9 8DL) is off the A371, between Wincanton and Castle Cary, on the Wincanton side of the junction with the A359.


Hauser & Wirth Somerset (in Bruton), with a landscaped garden designed by Piet Oudolf, and the 2014 Serpentine Pavilion by Smiljan Radić .

Stourhead Landscape Garden and House (National Trust)

Wells, Cathedral and City