Labour of Love

shepherds standing on top of mountain with sheep dogs

Land, lives and nature in England’s Upland Commons.

19 April – 8 September 2024

Over one third of England’s moorland is ‘common land’. Shaped by hill farming and cherished by many, upland commons are at the heart of rural culture and are vital for enriching nature.

This exhibition shares photography, film, prose and poetry by Rob and Harriet Fraser and videos captured by farmers through the nationwide Our Upland Commons project, alongside artefacts and archaeological pieces from the Dales. The exhibition presents a point in time and looks ahead, with perspectives from people involved in farming, wildlife conservation, habitat restoration, land management and tourism here in the Yorkshire Dales, and in Cumbria’s Lake District, the Shropshire Hills and Dartmoor.

Cry of the Curlew

curlews in flight

1 February – 10 April 2024

Cry of the Curlew is a celebration of the Curlew and the upper Dales landscapes to which they have returned to breed every year since time immemorial. The graceful and elegant Curlew has iconic status in the Dales because of the impact made by the birds’ annual reappearances, their engaging presence whilst with us, and the absence felt when they depart.

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