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Community Trails

Looking through the eyes of the children from 6 primary schools across north Devon, and walking in the footsteps of photographers James Ravilious and Roger Deakins, we invite you to follow our Community Trails…

Explore the work of the children while you walk and learn about the environment through their art and creativity. Over the course of 18 months, almost 200 children have investigated the heritage of the Beaford Archive to create themes such as ‘landscape’, ‘river’, and ‘trade’ for you to explore through this trail. These trails present you with a local selection of the 10,000 newly digitised photographs to enjoy as you walk.

These trails have been created with the help of Devon Wildlife Trust and 6 artists in residence, and through funding from many supporters including the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Please join us in looking for continuity and change in our rich rural heritage by venturing out to find the scenes of Beaford Archive photos. Why not take a walk in different seasons and see what you can discover about the rural past, present, and future?

These trails showcase some of the discoveries the children found interesting, as well as creative writing and art inspired by walking.

We hope you enjoy them.