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A Portrait Of Ingleborough - A Big Hill In A Small Box
Over the past two months an exhibition featuring photographs of the people who live and work around Ingleborough has been on display in various venues that encircle Yorkshire’s own table top mountain.

Now as the show arrives at its final destination the curators faced their biggest challenge – how to squeeze the portrait of such a big hill and so many characters into a very small phone box.

The answer was to reduce the 30 photographs that make up the exhibition down to postcard size so that visitors to the Gallery on the Green in Settle, which is housed in a former BT telephone box, will still get a full sense of the remarkable pictures that go to make up a Portrait of Ingleborough.

The project started when local photographer Hilary Fenten was commissioned by charity Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) to create a ‘snapshot in time’ of Ingleborough’s social history, as part of the Stories in Stone scheme.

Having lived for over 30 years in Selside near Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Hilary has a keen interest in Ingleborough’s unique landscape and local characters, commenting that ‘people, in their own environment, are fascinating. They deserve particular attention, rather than anonymity.’

For the project, Hilary met and photographed local people involved in a variety of jobs, trades and events around Ingleborough, leading to a collection of portraits which depict the area’s diverse residents and their special place in the landscape throughout the seasons.

Also on display are historical portraits and images taken from the Dales Community Archives, the result of another Stories in Stone project ‘Capturing the Past’, and from Back in Settle, a Facebook group for people who ‘enjoy a blast from the past’.

The exhibition opened at The Folly in Settle on 7 September and since then has been on display at Ribblehead station, at the Horton-in-Ribblesdale Station, St Mary’s Church, Ingleton, Ingleborough Community Centre, and Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes. It is on show at the Gallery on the Green from 10 November until 13 January.

Debbie Boswell, Stories in Stone ‘Discover Ingleborough’ officer at YDMT, said: “The exhibition shows how people connect to the Ingleborough landscape and the communities around it, be they local residents or more transitional visitors. There are lots of local faces people will recognise and some lovely stories to go with the photos. It is particularly interesting to compare Hilary’s recent photographs with the older images. Despite the limitations on space in the gallery visitors will still get a real sense of the project and we hope that showing it in such a public space, often visited by walkers , we will reach people who were not able to visit the other venues”.

This exhibition is part of Stories in Stone, a four-year programme of community and heritage projects developed by the Ingleborough Dales Landscape Partnership, which is led by YDMT and mainly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

A Portrait Of Ingleborough - A Big Hill In A Small Box, 5th November 2018, 11:05 AM