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Ways to the Stone House

Filmmaker and photographer Simon Warner has been inspired by the landscape of Haworth Moor since the 1970s and has been capturing it on film ever since. 

This exhibition of new work was created during his year as artist in residence 2012 for the Watershed Landscape Project, and was displayed as a series of miniature landscape films and projections threaded throughout the period rooms of the Brontë Parsonage Museum. The exhibition also documented the progressive ruination of Top Withens during the 20th century, using photographs from the Parsonage archives, as well as iconic images by Bill Brandt, Fay Godwin and Alexander Keighley. The exhibition included an original sketch of Top Withens by Sylvia Plath, made on her first visit with husband Ted Hughes in 1956. A publication featuring archive photographs and commissioned essays on Top Withens accompanied the exhibition.