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Lighting up the imagination

'In the Footsteps of the Romantic Poets' helps children and young people to understand and connect with landscape. The project takes inspiration from Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William and Dorothy Wordsworth, who lived and wrote in the Quantock Hills, Somerset.

From Classroom to Camera Obscura

Photographer and arts educator, Brendan Barry, kick started the project with a series of workshops in schools to ignite the imagination. The classroom was transformed into a photographic studio where scientific principles are introduced through the process of making. Pupils collected plants and familiar objects and their experiments on light sensitive paper revealed new landscapes.

Thanks to a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Quantock Hills will provide a focus for pupils to explore, make and play outside as part of The Quantock Landscape Partnership Scheme led by The Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with help from Spaeda.

You can find out more about how the we're working with local schools, find creative resources for outdoor learning and watch the project's progress here

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