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Castleton showcase for local arts & crafts

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Wednesday 5 October 2005

5 October 2005

Castleton showcase for local arts & crafts

The Peak District National Park Authority's £1m new Visitor Centre in Castleton - opened last year - has become a showcase for local arts, crafts and photography.

Visitor Centre manager Jenny Hanshaw said: "We've been encouraging local artists and craftspeople to display their skills within the exhibition room.

"This has proved very successful and popular with visitors - and I feel sure that local residents would enjoy seeing it too, especially in the quieter months. They might even get their Christmas presents here, as we have an excellent range of stock and more on the way."

The exhibitions are staged in the Darnbrough Room, named after Geoff Darnbrough, who started the Castleton Historical Society in 1973. Present day members have moved their historical museum from Castleton Methodist Church to the Visitor Centre and now display all sorts of interesting facts within the centre.

The current exhibition is from Yorkshire-based photographer Barry Payling. Coming up (October 24), is a Moors for the Future display of poetry, paintings, photographs and crafts inspired by the moors. This follows a summer competition run by the Moors for the Future partnership, which is restoring the northern Peak District moorland and blanket bog - one of the world's rarest habitats.

From November 18, Castleton Photographic Society will display pictures on a Christmas theme, and January will see a World War 2 exhibition.

This is an archived press release

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