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Lynemouth Layerscape

19th March - 3rd July 2016

Loss & Recovery on the Lynemouth Coast

This new body of photographic work by Northumberland-based photographer Iain Duncan was inspired by the unique and ever-changing coastline of Lynemouth Bay. The exhibition provided an intriguing glimpse into an aspect of the natural, industrial, cultural and domestic heritage of Lynemouth.

Lynemouth is a village located two miles north of Woodhorn Museum. Like many villages and towns in South East Northumberland, Lynemouth is closely connected to the coalmining heritage of the area and related industries including Lynemouth Power Station and former Alcan Aluminium Smelter.  As part of various historical waste management and coastal erosion strategies waste material of various sorts was deposited along part of Lynemouth’s coast. This material is now in the process of being eroded by the tides, revealing the history of deposition through the many and various layers exposed.

Duncan became inspired to document this coastline as he observed tidal activity revealing intriguing artefacts embedded in Lynemouth Bay’s soft cliff face. Examples of artefacts revealed included parts of colliery machinery, discarded clothing such as black trousers, a child’s toy truck and patterned tablecloths. Bricks of bewildering variety and colour, often beautifully rounded, litter the foreshore. Each evocative remnant tells a story, but is only revealed for a short time before being washed away.

This exhibition was part of a wider project working with members of communities local to Lynemouth Bay to survey, record, explore and share Lynemouth’s heritage. Woodhorn is working in partnership with community members, groups and schools to discover and share the real and imagined stories behind these photographs.

This was produced in partnership with:Woodhorn Museum, Iain Duncan and Heritage Lottery Fund

Image Credit: Iain Duncan and Kevin Gibson Photography