A selection of photographs taken by Dr Jacqueline Sarsby, a social anthropologist & photographer. 

During the 1990s the pattern of farming in Devon was changing, and many of the traditional farm skills – such as hand-turning butter and making a mangold ‘cave’ – were disappearing. So, over a 12 year, period Dr Sarsby studied the rural community of Blackawton in the South Hams and took photographs of daily activities and village life in general, in order to to create a permanent record. 

The resulting photos were featured in a touring exhibition entitled ‘Changing Rural Devon’ and some were also included in Dr Sarsby’s publication Sweetstone, Life on a Devon Farm

Many of the striking monochrome images are now on display in the Research Library of the DRA in a new display curated by Blackawton and Strete History (BASH). It is open to view on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays between 11am and 3pm. 

We are extremely grateful to Dr Sarsby for allowing us to show the images, and also to Anne Harvey of BASH for preparing the display.

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