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

Many thanks to Farm Able, The Military Veterans Group who have been helping out around the centre. We have posted some pictures on the link below.

Groundwork undertaken by Farm Able

The Military Veterans Group.


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.


SUMMER WALKS PROGRAM 2021 – DONE!

Many thanks to everyone who came to a day or bat walk during August 2021. Our main summer program is now done but we make have pop up days before the end of the year. Keep an eye on this site for more details as we may have one or two more before the end of the year.

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