This tender exhibition gives an insight into the profession of herding sheep through heartfelt photographs of shepherdess Alison O'Neill of the Yorkshire Dales.

Based in rural Yorkshire, Alison O'Neill is a born and bred shepherdess, continuing these traditional methods of farming in a modern world.

Captured by photographer Ian Lawson, who has spent eight years documenting the shepherdess’s ‘disappearing way of life’, O'Neill's affinity with farming against the backdrop of sweeping Yorkshire landscapes reflects the shepherdess's deep connection with their work.

Also on display is clothing designed by O’Neill, made from wool clipped from her flock of 150 Rough Fell sheep.

Bringing together heartfelt photographs from Lawson and O'Neill's personal words, Shepherdess - One Woman Farm is a tender and rare exploration of a woman's care for her flock and the realities of a traditional existence.

Dales Countryside Museum

Station Yard, Hawes, North Yorkshire, DL8 3NT

01969 666 210


Opening times

February - October

Daily: 10:00am - 5:00pm

November - December

Daily: 10:00 am - 4:30pm

Closed Christmas Eve through Boxing Day, and throughout January

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