Eco­log­i­cal his­tory

A new ex­hi­bi­tion in King’s Lynn high­lights Nor­folk’s eco­log­i­cal im­por­tance with evoca­tive im­agery of the county’s nat­u­ral his­tory, past and present

EDP Norfolk - - Norfolk Art - WORDS: Rachel Buller

Few peo­ple know that Nor­folk’s rich and var­ied land­scape played a piv­otal role in the for­ma­tion of one of the world’s oldest en­vi­ron­men­tal so­ci­eties. Now a new ex­hi­bi­tion,

Re­gard­ing Na­ture, at the GroundWork gallery in King’s Lynn tells the story of the chang­ing land­scape and eco­log­i­cal his­tory through the eyes of award win­ning French pho­tog­ra­pher Chrys­tel Le­bas, fo­cus­ing on the plants and land­scapes of the north Nor­folk coast.

Her work fol­lows in the foot­steps of sci­en­tist Sir Ed­ward James Sal­is­bury, whose doc­u­men­ta­tion of the to­pog­ra­phy and coastal plants in Nor­folk was part of the im­pe­tus for found­ing the Bri­tish Eco­log­i­cal So­ci­ety in 1913.

Gallery direc­tor Veron­ica Sekules says: “It be­gan with a project ini­ti­ated by the Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum which holds the ar­chives of Sir Ed­ward. Those early records had been largely ne­glected so Chrys­tel was com­mis­sioned to look back on those ar­chives and re­visit some of those sites which he had orig­i­nally cap­tured and stud­ied. The re­sult­ing col­lec­tion of pho­to­graphs taken by Chrys­tel forms the ba­sis of this ex­tra­or­di­nary ex­hi­bi­tion. Sir Ed­ward’s orig­i­nal re­search ma­te­ri­als will be on dis­play as well and it is fas­ci­nat­ing to see the change in our land­scape over the last 100 years.”

As part of the ex­hi­bi­tion,

‘Sir Ed­ward’s orig­i­nal re­search ma­te­ri­als will be on dis­play and it is fas­ci­nat­ing to see the change in our land­scape’

the gallery has also cu­rated a pro­gramme of events with Nor­folk Wildlife Trust which is part­nered with the gallery for the project. These in­clude talks from lead­ing sci­en­tists, botanists and ecol­o­gists tak­ing place at both GroundWork and the Nor­folk Wildlife Trust Vis­i­tor Cen­tre at Cley. Re­gard­ing Na­ture, June 23 to Septem­ber 16; ground­work­gallery.com; britishe­co­log­i­cal­so­ci­ety.org

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