The social anthropologist and photographer, Dr Jacqueline Sarsby, has recently donated her photographic collection to the DRA. In the coming months these striking monochrome pictures will be added to our Image Bank and also put on display in the Archive. 

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 Devon and took photographs of daily activities and village life in general, in order 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, published in 2004.

You will find more information about Dr Sarsby’s work on her website

Stay in the loop!


Join the DRA Friends to receive the latest news from the archive as well as details of our events and exhibitions by email. Please add to your list of contacts to prevent our messages being banished to your Spam folder.  

Where we are

Devon Rural Archive, Shilstone, Modbury, Devon, PL21 0TW

Call us: 01548 830832

Email us: