I went along to the Manor House Museum in Ilkley this afternoon for a talk by photographer and film maker Simon Warner. Simon is currently artist in residence at the museum for the final year of the Watershed Landscape Project, a three year undertaking exploring the South Pennine uplands and its influence on writers, artists and poets, its ancient history, its flora and fauna, and its reservoirs which supply much of the drinking water for the industrial areas on both sides of the Pennines. I went to one of Simon's talks earlier in the year, the subject was Bradford Beck, a fascinating history of the beck and how it came to be buried beneath the city centre, today's talk was equally interesting.
There is currently an exhibition at the Manor House Museum 'Moor Views' (until 1 July 2012), artwork, literature, historic objects and photographs from a recent photography competition all connected with the South Pennine uplands. I believe there will also be an exhibition at the Bronte Parsonage Museum later in the year on the history of the ruination of Top Withens with input from Simon.