Exhibition - Commoning Voices
Sunday 8th December 2019 | 9:00am to 5:00pm
free to view
all ages welcome
A visiting exhibition exploring commoning in the New Forest.
The exhibition explores the relationships between commoners, their animals, the Forest and visitors, and shares the passion commoners have for the Forest, their animals and their community. Commoners and their special way of life have shaped the New Forest which we all know and love in so many ways; whether it is for the rare Southern Damselfly which lays its eggs in the pools made by pony hoof prints, the carefully nibbled gorse bushes which provide the perfect place for Stonechats to perch on, or the pony paths which lead visitors deep in to the Forest.
Many of the photographs have been taken by local photographer Sally Fear whose iconic images have documented commoning over the past two decades. Other photographs come from the family albums of the commoners themselves, recorded as part of the ‘Through Our Ancestors Eyes’ project and the collections of the Christopher Tower Reference Library in the New Forest Heritage Centre.
The exhibition and Commoning Voices project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Project through the Our Past Our Future Landscape Partnership project.