In this personal reflection on Somerset today photographer Matilda Temperley explores the people and places of her home county.

Over the past year documentary and fashion photographer Matilda Temperley has been exploring the county with her camera.

As well as capturing Somerset’s wonderful distinctiveness, the project has also documented some of the issues facing rural communities.

It includes portraits of the industries synonymous with the area such as elverers, peat-diggers, cheddar cheese makers, cider farmers and withy growers. It also reflects a rapidly changing landscape. Somerset’s alternative communities and its unmissable annual celebrations feature too.

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“Looking a little harder at my surroundings has been an incredible adventure. It is more diverse and interesting than I ever imagined, and I have only scratched the surface,” Matilda Temperley

Visit the Exhibition

Matilda Temperley: A View from the Hill is open at Somerset Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury 22 December 2018 – 1 June 2019.

Admission as part of entry.


Matilda’s accompanying photo book, ‘Somerset: A View From The Hill’, is available from her website.

Matilda Temperley

Matilda’s photography is diverse and includes fashion and documentary commissions.

She grew up on a farm set among 180 acres of cider apple orchards, at the base of Burrow Hill, on the Somerset Levels.

Read more about Matilda….

Museum Unlimited

Enjoy this exhibition FREE with the Museum Unlimited Annual Pass. With Museum Unlimited you pay just once then visit for a whole year FREE of charge, including many daytime events.

Dates and locations

Somerset Rural Life Museum
  • Saturday, 22nd December 2018 - Saturday, 1st June 2019, 10:00 - 5:00