Living landscapes exhibition | Oxfordshire County Council

Living landscapes exhibition

An exploration of Oxfordshire's countryside on 15 July 2017 at The Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock

carpet of bluebells in a wood

Inspired by the Oxfordshire Historic Landscape Characterisation project, Living Landscapes showcases photographs, paintings, and poems produced by Oxfordshire children and residents on the themes of history, memory, and change in our landscapes.

Visitors will also be able to explore the Historic Landscape interactive map produced by Oxfordshire County Council as a public resource, and view a series of historic maps and walks around the county. 

Throughout the day Romola Parish, a local poet, will give readings from her new series of work inspired by the historic landscape project and local artist Miranda Creswell will exhibit two pieces on the theme of change in the Oxfordshire countryside.

Get involved and send us your photographs and poems

Share your memories with a photograph or capture a moment in a poem: the field you went blackberrying in with your grandparents, the tree you used to climb, your favourite historic building, your walk to work, your walk to school, your much-loved picnic spot, which ever part of the county is important to you, we want to hear from you.

Submitted pieces will be put on display and be part of the Living Landscapes exhibition.

Our Oxfordshire photography

Take a photograph of the historic Oxfordshire place that means the most to you and tell us why it is special. If you wish to be in the photograph, even better!

Fill in the form below or send the photo by email with your name, the place photographed, and the story behind it.

Post-it poetry

Send us your poems inspired by parts of our county. Poems of any style are welcome but must be no longer than 30 words and should be written in English.

Fill in the form below or send the poem by email with your name and the place which inspired the poem.

All entries must be received by Wednesday 5 July 2017.

Send in your poem and photograph online

Please send us your contributions by Wednesday 5 July.

Please use the minimum resolution 1,280 x 960 pixels (pictures will be printed on 6x4 photos and cannot be distorted).
Files must be less than 5 MB.
Allowed file types: gif jpg jpeg png bmp eps tif pict psd pdf doc docx ppt pptx.
Maximum of 30 words.

Who are we working with?

Dr Romola Parish, local poet

Dr Romola Parish is a former academic specialising in landscape evolution, incorporating archaeological, geomorphological and anthropogenic approaches, and in environmental change, particularly in mountain environments. She now works in London as a planning and environmental lawyer. She recently graduated with distinction from the University of Oxford MSt in Creative Writing. She has had poetry published in the Irish Literary Review, Snakeskin, Cardiff Review and The Lamp. Landscape is an important focus of her creative work.

Romola is creating a series of poems inspired by the Oxfordshire Historic Landscape Characterisation project. Her work captures the process of characterisation as well as the experience of visible and invisible histories in the countryside.

Miranda Creswell, local artist

Miranda Creswell studied at Camberwell School of Art, London and  has recently been project artist for the English Landscapes and Identities research project at the Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford. In early 2016 she was selected for an art and archaeology residency at the Le CentQuatre - Paris, funded by NEARCH (New ways of Engaging audiences, Activating societal relations and Renewing practices in Cultural Heritage ), a European Commission funded program. The resulting exhibition ‘ Materialite de l’Invisible’ took place at the CentQuatre in Paris from February to May 2016.

Miranda has returned for the 4th year as artist in resident at Horatio’s Garden, a UK based charity that builds beautiful gardens for patients at spinal treatment centres. She is part of the cooperative Phil and Jim Art club and is currently working on animations of women scientists with Professor Ashleigh Griffin from the Zoology Department , University of Oxford.

Miranda is working with the Oxfordshire Historic Landscape Characterisation project, producing a piece of art inspired by the idea of change in the landscape and the past in the present. This special commission will be displayed alongside another example of Miranda’s work in Oxfordshire at the Living Landscapes one-day exhibition at The Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock on the 15 July 2017.

Phil and Jim's Art Club, SS Philip and James' CoE Primary School, Oxford

Phil and Jim Art Club is a Cooperative of five working artists with different practices such as photography, painting, sculpture and  graphics running an experimental art class as an after school club. Started in 2000 it has different workshops each week, with frequent invited guests with different skills relating to art , and approximately 45 participants . As the feeder school to Cherwell, ex-students of the art club can return in Year 9 onwards and become paid helpers. The students of the art club are mixed aged groups. The artists are Miranda Creswell, Doke Ostle, Caroline Seymour, Francesca Shakespeare , Michael Holyoke and Fodi Gilje.

The Art Club are working with the Oxfordshire Historic Landscape Characterisation project to create a large collaborative picture of the Oxford canal through time – the busy industrial days melting into the quiet and peaceful place we know today. This will be displayed at the Living Landscapes one-day exhibition at The Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock on the 15 July 2017.

The Rumble Museum, Cheney School, Oxford

The Rumble Museum at Cheney is a unique partnership between an educational charity and a school. The Iris Project, a charity which promotes learning about the ancient world, is working with Cheney School to grow a museum within a school. We are working within the Arts Council Museum Accreditation Scheme.

The Museum is named after Jamie Rumble, a young man who devoted his life to improving the lives of young people.

We run a wide range of projects, events, workshops and exhibitions, both for Cheney students and the wider community. You can find out more about these by exploring our website at

Students from Cheney School, under the guidance of Dr Lorna Robinson, Director of the Iris Project, are working with the Oxfordshire Historic Landscape Characterisation project on the Our Oxfordshire Photography and the Post-it Poetry: Place making in Oxfordshire projects.  Students will be submitting photographs and poems capturing those parts of Oxfordshire’s landscapes which are significant to them. These will be displayed at the Living Landscapes one-day exhibition at The Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock on the 15 July 2017.

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Last reviewed
05 May 2017
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