Photograph donation brings the Dales into hospital

Posted on September 3, 2020 by AireAdmin

A Dales photographer has donated 30 stunning portraits of people living around Ingleborough to be displayed at Airedale and Castleberg hospitals.

Selside photographer Hilary Fenten was commissioned to take the photographs between 2016 and 2018 as part of the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust’s Stories in Stone project, a scheme of conservation and community projects focusing on the limestone landscape around Ingleborough, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Hilary’s portraits illustrate how people live, enjoy and work on and around Ingleborough, and show a wide range of jobs, trades, characters and events through the changing seasons.

The photographs are already on display at Airedale Hospital, and will be mounted at Castleberg later this month.

Jill Asbury, Director of Nursing for Airedale NHS Foundation Trust said: “We are extremely honoured and grateful to Hilary for giving us these beautiful photographs.  They bring our glorious Dales landscape within the four walls of the hospitals, offering us a reminder of the world and the people outside.  This is as important to our staff as is it to our patients – it gives us a sense of a breath of fresh air, which is particularly resonant for busy staff in PPE.

“Thank you also to the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust for commissioning this project.”

Hilary says: “Many of the people photographed regard Airedale and Castleberg as the hospitals they use. Like me, they have been patients over the years and still are.  Yet, chatting to members of the public and hospital personnel, it is surprising how few know about the Yorkshire Dales:  This is a pity.

“To let people know what is on their doorsteps and to introduce the folk of the Dales to them, by putting their photographs on show, I hope it will prove interesting and make the hospitals more “our own”. In December 2018 I spent two weeks in Airedale and was very grateful for the professional and kind treatment I received. Airedale and Castleberg are much needed and respected.

“I would also like to thank our wonderful printer, Knight Graphic in Sowerby Bridge.”

Debbie Boswell, Stories in Stone Discover Ingleborough Officer, said “The images have captured a moment in time; they show how people connect to the Ingleborough landscape and communities around it, be they local residents or more transitional visitors. The images have travelled far and wide throughout Yorkshire and been on display in various exhibition spaces, I can’t think of anywhere better for them to be in a final exhibition – bringing the landscape indoors to uplift spirits for patients and staff”.

The photographs at Airedale are displayed in the upper corridors with their captions.  An accompanying book, A Portrait of Ingleborough, can be purchased from the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust at