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Shell House Talks - Book - Conchinilia Journey II

“A joy” – the Hon. Rory Guinness.

“An incredible journey… long overdue… hopefully it will encourage new shell houses and grottoes to be created” – Blott Kerr-Wilson.

“What a wonderful conception” – the late Diana Reynell.

“Beautifully composed and long-awaited” – Linda Fenwick.

“Delighted by this” – Belinda Eade.

"An amazing book! I had no idea there were so many shell houses and grottoes in existence. Tracking them down must have been a major undertaking.The photos are excellent . I love the way the poems complement the info and give a sense of the journey." - Dr Andrew Lincoln. Emeritus Professor, University of London.

"Your book and inspiring lectures have rekindled my interest in shell work." Stephen Green.

Delighted with your informative book. We are in the process of building a shell house in Co. Meath, Ireland." - Yvonne Bailey.

"Your book " Conchinilia Journey II" is a triumph.... so informative. it makes me long to rush around Britain visiting them all .... I enjoyed Gerald's poems too, capturing atmospheric impressions of each place." - Lucinda Compton, Newby Hall, North Yorkshire.

"Beautiful! A brilliantly concise survey of all the very best grottoes and shell houses . Well done!" - Belinda Eade, Shell Artist.

Gerald and Margaret Hull
Gerald and Margaret Hull
Conchinilia Journey II

A unique catalogue of British and Irish shell artists and their designs in grottoes, shell houses, pavilions and garden landscapes from the 18th century to the present day. The study follows 5 years of travel, lectures and research. This catalogue notifies 65 artists with over 100 new photographs, diary annotations, commentary, poetry and a historical survey.

Our new publication (120 sides) charts new and exciting discoveries and is privately available for £15 + £2.00 P&P from the writers at:
12 Bathwick Street, Bath, BA2 6NY.

For more information and to purchase a copy of the book please contact Margaret on 07984 990 199 or email:

  Copyright © Gerald and Margaret Hull