The World Encompassed at Buckland

Pym Mural showing the circumnavigation

'The World Encompassed' exhibition tells the story of Sir Francis Drake's circumnavigation through collections, art and activities. Come along to Buckland this summer, and you'll discover more about Elizabethan life on the open waves.

What is 'The World Encompassed' about?

'The World Encompassed' is a text based on the notes of Francis Fletcher, the chaplain who sailed with Drake, which were later compiled by Drake’s nephew. The fascinating voyage featured many weird and wonderful things, from the crew discovering - and then eating - penguins, to navigating the treacherous seas in the Magellan Strait.

Trails and activities

For budding adventurers, there will be a trail on the yellow walk, where you'll collect the stamps for your special circumnavigation passport and learn about some of the adventures that were had.

In the house is a 'save the penguin' trail, where you'll find the disguised penguins and learn about life on board Drake's ship.

Over the summer holidays, there will be lots of craft workshops with a marine theme, from family felt to seaside Naturemake. For more details, follow the link below to the What's on page.

The story through art

Sitting opposite Drake's drum in the Nave Gallery will be an incredible ceramic drum made by local artist Fi Smart. Her work highlights the fascinating things to be discovered in the natural and man-made world, encompassed within the Buckland Abbey estate, if we only look closely enough.

Fiona Smart's ceramic drum
Fiona Smart's ceramic drum
Fiona Smart's ceramic drum

More pieces, specially created to be part of the World Encompassed story, have been created by Devon Art Pop artists, and will be displayed throughout the house. 

One of the Pym murals is on display in the Nave Gallery, showing a map of Drake's navigation around the world. Accompanying all of this is an amazing sound track which features 16th century music with some of the stories from the places Drake visited.

The exhibition will open at Buckland in July - please check the What's on page for details.