The William Pengelly Cave Studies Trust is a UK based organisation with an international membership. The trust was established in 1962 to further the study and conservation of caves.

The William Pengelly Cave Studies Trust is a charity whose origins were in 1962 when Higher Kiln Quarry at Buckfastleigh was purchased with the intention of creating a cave studies centre. The quarry contains a number of caves, one of which (Joint Mitnor Cave) contains the remains of many species such as elephant, bison and hippopotamus dating from the period between the last two major glaciations (between 120 and 80 thousand years ago). This cave is internationally recognised as a type site for this period. The organisation is named after William Pengelly who was a local man who, in the mid 19th century, excavated a number of cave sites in Devon, most notably Brixham Cave and Kents Cavern at Torquay. He was also responsible for establishing excavation methods and records that became a model for all modern archaeology.

The Trust promotes cave research and conservation through a range of publications and educational visits. We also offer a membership for anyone who would like to support the work of the Trust.

News at Pengelly

CIO conversion information

All members of the William Pengelly trust have now received information on an EGM being called in September. As mentioned, please find the link to access the CIO constitution. Members will have received as password to access this protected area.

CIO constitution members area


Our Summer 2022 walk program has now finished. Many thanks to everyone who turned up, either as a visitor or a volunteer. Keep an eye on the website around Easter time next year for information on our 2023 program.

Centre News

Many thanks to Veterans Outdoors who have been helping out around the centre over the course of the year. We have posted some pictures on the link below.

Veterans Outdoors

Pengelly Newsletters now online.

We have started to add old William Pengelly Cave Studies Trust newsletters on to the website – for move information, click here.

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