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The Blackdown Hills: A Photographic Portrait

Tuesday 18 January 2022 @ 10:00 am - Saturday 19 March 2022 @ 5:00 pm



Somerset Rural Life Museum
Abbey Farm, Chilkwell St
Glastonbury, BA6 8DB
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01458 831197

Event Details

Tuesday 18 January 2022 @ 10:00 am
Saturday 19 March 2022 @ 5:00 pm
Car park on site
Toilets on site
Suitable for
All ages
Wheelchair access
Level surface
A woman milking a goat by hand.

Documenting two decades of farming life on the Blackdown Hills.

Somerset-based photographer Pauline Rook has photographed the Blackdown Hills landscape for almost 20 years. Over this period she has explored hundreds of miles of country lanes and paths, getting to know the individuals, countryside and buildings that make up this distinctive landscape. The exhibition will bring together over 50 photographs and includes a selection of Pauline’s most recent work, captured using the infrared techniques she began to learn during lockdown.

Back in 2002, Pauline was commissioned by the Countryside Agency to create a photographic record of the Blackdown Hills. Her brief was to capture the ‘spirit and essence’ of the area. The commission ignited a love of this unique corner of Somerset. The countryside and photography have been lifelong passions to Pauline, who spent almost 20 years dairy farming in Somerset. This fuelled her desire to document the wonderful characters of the farming world.

A flock of sheep in with the backdrop of the Blackdown Hills landscape

Suffolk cross sheep near Dalwood. Photo: Pauline Rook


A gaggle of geese in front of a farm house in the Yarty Valley

Lower Farm, Yarty Valley. Copyright @ 2009 Pauline Rook

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