October 17 – December 11 2021
In this exhibition the gallery linked up with writer Sarah Lister and illustrator Teresa Gordon to add a new dimension to the fascinating Settle Graveyard Project.
In 2018 Sarah began researching the lives of those buried in Settle Graveyard and, with the help of many friends, so began the Settle Graveyard Project. The research has revealed incredible tales of survival against the odds, incredibly rich and appallingly poor, wonderfully good men and women and naughty ones who may have thought their misdemeanours were buried with them. Sarah wrote a very popular book ‘Curious Tales from the Graveyard’ published by the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) which is still for sale in Settle.
In the 2020 lockdown Sarah went on to research the lives of the navvies who worked on the Settle to Carlisle Railway and are now themselves buried in the graveyard just yards from the line they helped construct. The YDMT and the Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line kindly offered to pay for another book ‘Settle Navvies: The end of the line’. At this point local artist Teresa Gordon joined forces with Sarah to produce a wonderful array of paintings and sketches to illustrate the book.
Since then Teresa has continued to work with Sarah, illustrating the latest research findings which are distributed weekly. Teresa has an eye for people, especially the underdogs of society and her illustrations are poignant, clever and often incredibly witty. This exhibition showcased just a few.
Teresa and Sarah both left careers in education to retire to Settle. They have both fallen in love with the town, its heritage and its people and have found new full time hobbies. Sarah continues her research and delivers numerous talks and graveyard trails to raise money for local charities. Together with book sales the project has so far raised over £5,000. Teresa is expanding her repertoire and portfolio by working for a number of local groups.
For more about the project visit Settle Graveyard Project Facebook page, graveyard project facebook page
research findings on dalescommunityarchives.org.uk
Pictures from the exhibition
Teresa Gordon at work