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