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Photograph by @simoncroberts.
In anticipation of next Saturday’s royal nuptials in Britain, here is Prince Harry’s brother, William, sealing his marriage to Catherine Middleton with a kiss on 29 April 2011. It was a moment watched by thousands of revellers in Hyde Park, London, on giant screens as the royal couple’s kiss on the famous Buckingham Palace balcony was televised. Whilst the wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Ms Middleton took place at Westminster Abbey, Prince Harry and the American actress Meghan Markle will be wed in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, outside London. The newlyweds will then undertake a two mile tour of Windsor greeting well-wishers lining the streets. It was the father of the modern British constitution, the nineteenth-century essayist Walter Bagehot, who once wrote, ‘A royal family sweetens politics by the seasonable addition of nice and pretty events’. Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts #royalwedding #britishlandscape #merriealbion #landscapestudiesofasmallisland


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Photograph by @simoncroberts.
Penshaw Monument, Houghton-le-Spring, Tyne and Wear, UK from the series #MerrieAlbion.

Visitors enjoy the view overlooking Herrington Country Park from atop Penshaw Monument. The monument was built in 1844 for the first Earl of Durham, John George Lambton, becoming a National Trust property in 1939. The monument dominates the bucolic landscape, with many sources suggesting it is a half-size replica of the Temple of Hephaestus in Athens. Overlooked by Penshaw Monument is Herrington Country Park, home to one of the former collieries of the Durham Coalfield. When the colliery closed in 1985, soon after Margaret Thatcher’s victory in the miner’s strike, the waste heap was the biggest in North East England. Now a site of industry is transformed to a site of leisure, with walkways, cycle trails, and environmental sculptures. In addition to running a variety of shows, including the North-East Funfair, Herrington Country Park also hosts the annual Miners Memorial Service.

Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts ##postindustriallandscape #britishlandscape #penshawmonument #landscapestudiesofasmallisland


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Photograph by @simoncroberts.
Willy Lott’s House at Flatford, East Bergholt, Suffolk, UK from the series #MerrieAlbion

Visitors to Constable Country, as it came to be called in his own lifetime, are often surprised by how small it first seems on the ground. Many of the sites of John Constable’s major paintings, such as The Hay Wain (1821), are located within a few miles of Flatford Mill. In the past twenty years many of the views around Willy Lott’s House have been cleared of blocking trees and vegetation, so that the landscape on the ground now imitates that in Constable’s pictures, no matter what license the painter took in his own time assembling pictures from a variety of sources. Constable’s paintings of Suffolk have been credited for putting parts of the country previously thought of as unremarkable on the picturesque ‘map’. Here a member of the National Trust holds up a replica of one of Constable’s paintings to visiting tourists. To British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin, Constable’s landscapes were so deeply etched into the landscape that they had ceased to be separable from it: ‘Of a plough team coming over the brow of a hill, the sight that has been seen in England since England was a land’. Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts #landscapestudiesofasmallisland #flatfordmill #constablecountry


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Photograph by @simoncroberts. Beachy Head, Seven Sisters Country Park, East Sussex, UK from the series #MerrieAlbion.
In the week Theresa May triggered Article 50, the start of the two-year negotiation period to take Britain out of the EU, ramblers explore the Seven Sisters chalk cliffs. For many, the Seven Sisters between the Seaford and Eastbourne coastline are symbolic of Britain; they were recently voted one of the top twenty breath-taking views in the UK. As Stephen Purcell, who teaches English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick, comments, ‘The cliffs are used in the play to symbolize a boundary, one between the known and the unknown. That’s what the cliffs represent to many, a boundary between land and sea, high and low, between Britain and the outside.’ In June 2017, two massive rock falls took place in less than twenty-four hours along the chalk cliffs, sending tons of rock crashing into the sea, and outlining the fragility of this landscape.
Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works.
#landscapestudiesofasmallisland #simonroberts #southdowns #whitecliffs #beachyhead #britishlandscape #britishcoast #southdownscountrypark


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Regrann from @natgeo - Photograph by @simoncroberts.
Penshaw Monument, Houghton-le-Spring, Tyne and Wear, UK from the series #MerrieAlbion.

Visitors enjoy the view overlooking Herrington Country Park from atop Penshaw Monument. The monument was built in 1844 for the first Earl of Durham, John George Lambton, becoming a National Trust property in 1939. The monument dominates the bucolic landscape, with many sources suggesting it is a half-size replica of the Temple of Hephaestus in Athens. Overlooked by Penshaw Monument is Herrington Country Park, home to one of the former collieries of the Durham Coalfield. When the colliery closed in 1985, soon after Margaret Thatcher’s victory in the miner’s strike, the waste heap was the biggest in North East England. Now a site of industry is transformed to a site of leisure, with walkways, cycle trails, and environmental sculptures. In addition to running a variety of shows, including the North-East Funfair, Herrington Country Park also hosts the annual Miners Memorial Service.

Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts ##postindustriallandscape #britishlandscape #penshawmonument #landscapestudiesofasmallisland


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Photograph by @simoncroberts.
Penshaw Monument, Houghton-le-Spring, Tyne and Wear, UK from the series #MerrieAlbion.

Visitors enjoy the view overlooking Herrington Country Park from atop Penshaw Monument. The monument was built in 1844 for the first Earl of Durham, John George Lambton, becoming a National Trust property in 1939. The monument dominates the bucolic landscape, with many sources suggesting it is a half-size replica of the Temple of Hephaestus in Athens. Overlooked by Penshaw Monument is Herrington Country Park, home to one of the former collieries of the Durham Coalfield. When the colliery closed in 1985, soon after Margaret Thatcher’s victory in the miner’s strike, the waste heap was the biggest in North East England. Now a site of industry is transformed to a site of leisure, with walkways, cycle trails, and environmental sculptures. In addition to running a variety of shows, including the North-East Funfair, Herrington Country Park also hosts the annual Miners Memorial Service.

Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts ##postindustriallandscape #britishlandscape #penshawmonument #landscapestudiesofasmallisland


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I’m taking part in a few events around @photolondonfair today (17th March). At 2pm I’ll be in-conversation with curator Susanna Brown from the V&A - tickets available at Photo London reception. At 3.30 I’ll be doing a book signing of #MerrieAlbion at @dewi_lewis_publishing booth. Then tonight I’ll be part of panel discussion w/ @martinparrstudio, @davidhurnphoto & @sunilphoto at National Maritime Museum @royalmuseumsgreenwich from 6pm. Maybe see you at one of them! #davidhurnsfirstselfie #greatbritishseaside #photolondon2018


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natgeo : Photograph by @simoncroberts
In anticipation of next Saturday’s royal nuptials in Britain, here is Prince Harry’s brother, William, sealing his marriage to Catherine Middleton with a kiss on 29 April 2011. It was a moment watched by thousands of revellers in Hyde Park, London, on giant screens as the royal couple’s kiss on the famous Buckingham Palace balcony was televised. Whilst the wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Ms Middleton took place at Westminster Abbey, Prince Harry and the American actress Meghan Markle will be wed in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, outside London. The newlyweds will then undertake a two mile tour of Windsor greeting well-wishers lining the streets. It was the father of the modern British constitution, the nineteenth-century essayist Walter Bagehot, who once wrote, ‘A royal family sweetens politics by the seasonable addition of nice and pretty events’. Follow@simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts #royalwedding#britishlandscape #merriealbion#landscapestudiesofasmallisland


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Photograph by @simoncroberts.
In anticipation of next Saturday’s royal nuptials in Britain, here is Prince Harry’s brother, William, sealing his marriage to Catherine Middleton with a kiss on 29 April 2011. It was a moment watched by thousands of revellers in Hyde Park, London, on giant screens as the royal couple’s kiss on the famous Buckingham Palace balcony was televised. Whilst the wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Ms Middleton took place at Westminster Abbey, Prince Harry and the American actress Meghan Markle will be wed in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, outside London. The newlyweds will then undertake a two mile tour of Windsor greeting well-wishers lining the streets. It was the father of the modern British constitution, the nineteenth-century essayist Walter Bagehot, who once wrote, ‘A royal family sweetens politics by the seasonable addition of nice and pretty events’. Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts #royalwedding #britishlandscape #merriealbion #landscapestudiesofasmallisland


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Photograph by @simoncroberts.
In anticipation of next Saturday’s royal nuptials in Britain, here is Prince Harry’s brother, William, sealing his marriage to Catherine Middleton with a kiss on 29 April 2011. It was a moment watched by thousands of revellers in Hyde Park, London, on giant screens as the royal couple’s kiss on the famous Buckingham Palace balcony was televised. Whilst the wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Ms Middleton took place at Westminster Abbey, Prince Harry and the American actress Meghan Markle will be wed in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, outside London. The newlyweds will then undertake a two mile tour of Windsor greeting well-wishers lining the streets. It was the father of the modern British constitution, the nineteenth-century essayist Walter Bagehot, who once wrote, ‘A royal family sweetens politics by the seasonable addition of nice and pretty events’. Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts #royalwedding #britishlandscape #merriealbion #landscapestudiesofasmallisland
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Photograph by @simoncroberts.
In anticipation of next Saturday’s royal nuptials in Britain, here is Prince Harry’s brother, William, sealing his marriage to Catherine Middleton with a kiss on 29 April 2011. It was a moment watched by thousands of revellers in Hyde Park, London, on giant screens as the royal couple’s kiss on the famous Buckingham Palace balcony was televised. Whilst the wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Ms Middleton took place at Westminster Abbey, Prince Harry and the American actress Meghan Markle will be wed in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, outside London. The newlyweds will then undertake a two mile tour of Windsor greeting well-wishers lining the streets. It was the father of the modern British constitution, the nineteenth-century essayist Walter Bagehot, who once wrote, ‘A royal family sweetens politics by the seasonable addition of nice and pretty events’. Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts #royalwedding #britishlandscape #merriealbion #landscapestudiesofasmallisland


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Photograph by @simoncroberts.
In anticipation of next Saturday’s royal nuptials in Britain, here is Prince Harry’s brother, William, sealing his marriage to Catherine Middleton with a kiss on 29 April 2011. It was a moment watched by thousands of revellers in Hyde Park, London, on giant screens as the royal couple’s kiss on the famous Buckingham Palace balcony was televised. Whilst the wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Ms Middleton took place at Westminster Abbey, Prince Harry and the American actress Meghan Markle will be wed in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, outside London. The newlyweds will then undertake a two mile tour of Windsor greeting well-wishers lining the streets. It was the father of the modern British constitution, the nineteenth-century essayist Walter Bagehot, who once wrote, ‘A royal family sweetens politics by the seasonable addition of nice and pretty events’. Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts #royalwedding #britishlandscape #merriealbion #landscapestudiesofasmallisland


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‘Watching the Royal Wedding, Hyde Park, London, 29 April 2011’ from the series #MerrieAlbion. In anticipation for something similar happening next weekend!

The wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine Middleton took place at Westminster Abbey in London. Revellers in Hyde Park watched giant screens as the royal couple’s kiss on the famous Buckingham Palace balcony was televised. Catherine Middleton and father Michael were driven from the Goring Hotel to Westminster Abbey, passing Buckingham Palace, and travelling along the Mall. The route carried them past two of the Royal parks: Green Park and St James’ Park. It was the father of the modern British constitution, the nineteenth-century essayist Walter Bagehot, who once wrote, ‘A royal family sweetens politics by the seasonable addition of nice and pretty events’.


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My latest book, Merrie Albion - Landscape Studies of a Small Island (Dewi Lewis Publishing, 2017), has been shortlisted for the Best Photography Book of the Year of PHotoEspaña​ 2018. It will on display at the Spanish National Library’s exhibition during the @photoespana_ 2018 festival in Madrid.

A committee of experts selected 57 publications, with 29 in the international category, among the more than 350 entries received during the call. The exhibition will take place between June 5th and August 29th; and both winners and finalists of Best 2018 Photobook Prize will be unveiled on June 11th. Huge thanks to all those who helped with the book, notably @bvwnr, @flowersgallery, @c_littlewood, @joepettetsmith, @brown3000, @inciteproject and @dewi_lewis_publishing. Signed copies available in the link in bio above. #MerrieAlbion


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Edmonton Church of Christ Bank Holiday Picnic, Brighton, UK by @simoncroberts from the series #MerrieAlbion.

The Church of Christ at Edmonton is a branch of the Universal Church of Christ, one of several Christian denominations formed out of the Restoration Movement of the early 1800s. Along with other churches based in London, it has helped see Christian congregations grow by 16 per cent, which means that a quarter of England’s churchgoers worship in London. The figures were revealed by the London Church Census covering the period 2005 to 2012, and show that the growth is driven by London’s ethnic diversity. The census, commissioned by London City Mission, found that two new London churches opened every week in the seven-year period. Two-thirds of those were Pentecostal, black majority churches, and a third catered for a particular linguistic or ethnic group such as Polish Lutheran. At the same time, the major Christian denominations such as Anglican, Catholic, and Presbyterian all saw falls in membership.

Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts #brightonbeach #britishlandscape #landscapestudiesofasmallisland


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Todays @ediblesci pick:⠀
Modern farming takes many forms.⠀

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Reposting @natgeo: ⠀
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Ashley Vale Allotments, Bristol, UK from the series #MerrieAlbion

Sophie and Matthew Holker tend their plot on the Ashley Vale Allotments, whilst their daughter Esme looks on. Ashley (meaning ash tree wood in Old English) Vale has been occupied since Roman times. The history of the allotments starts around the time of the First World War, when the land was turned over to the growing of vegetables, shortly before rationing was introduced. The ‘Rules of the Ashley Vale Allotment Association Ltd.’ were registered with the Agricultural Organization Society in 1917. The site now consists of over 200 plots overlooking St Werburghs City Farm. In July 2009, the House of Commons Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs Committee published a report, ‘Securing Food Supplies up to 2050: The Challenges Faced by the UK’. It acknowledges the important role of home-grown food and that the Government needs to plan for increased public demand for allotments. In fact, a 2017 study by food policy experts from three universities has warned that departure from the EU raises such urgent complications for food and agriculture that without focus on the issue “the risk is that food security in the UK will be seriously undermined”, leading to dwindling supplies and erratic prices.⠀

Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts #landscapestudiesofasmallisland #allotments #foodsustainability #ashleyvale #britishlandscape"


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Edmonton Church of Christ Bank Holiday Picnic, Brighton, UK by @simoncroberts from the series #MerrieAlbion.

The Church of Christ at Edmonton is a branch of the Universal Church of Christ, one of several Christian denominations formed out of the Restoration Movement of the early 1800s. Along with other churches based in London, it has helped see Christian congregations grow by 16 per cent, which means that a quarter of England’s churchgoers worship in London. The figures were revealed by the London Church Census covering the period 2005 to 2012, and show that the growth is driven by London’s ethnic diversity. The census, commissioned by London City Mission, found that two new London churches opened every week in the seven-year period. Two-thirds of those were Pentecostal, black majority churches, and a third catered for a particular linguistic or ethnic group such as Polish Lutheran. At the same time, the major Christian denominations such as Anglican, Catholic, and Presbyterian all saw falls in membership.

Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts #brightonbeach #britishlandscape #landscapestudiesofasmallisland
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From @natgeo:
Edmonton Church of Christ Bank Holiday Picnic, Brighton, UK by @simoncroberts from the series #MerrieAlbion.

The Church of Christ at Edmonton is a branch of the Universal Church of Christ, one of several Christian denominations formed out of the Restoration Movement of the early 1800s. Along with other churches based in London, it has helped see Christian congregations grow by 16 per cent, which means that a quarter of England’s churchgoers worship in London. The figures were revealed by the London Church Census covering the period 2005 to 2012, and show that the growth is driven by London’s ethnic diversity. The census, commissioned by London City Mission, found that two new London churches opened every week in the seven-year period. Two-thirds of those were Pentecostal, black majority churches, and a third catered for a particular linguistic or ethnic group such as Polish Lutheran. At the same time, the major Christian denominations such as Anglican, Catholic, and Presbyterian all saw falls in membership.

Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts #brightonbeach #britishlandscape #landscapestudiesofasmallisland


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Edmonton Church of Christ Bank Holiday Picnic, Brighton, UK by @simoncroberts from the series #MerrieAlbion.

The Church of Christ at Edmonton is a branch of the Universal Church of Christ, one of several Christian denominations formed out of the Restoration Movement of the early 1800s. Along with other churches based in London, it has helped see Christian congregations grow by 16 per cent, which means that a quarter of England’s churchgoers worship in London. The figures were revealed by the London Church Census covering the period 2005 to 2012, and show that the growth is driven by London’s ethnic diversity. The census, commissioned by London City Mission, found that two new London churches opened every week in the seven-year period. Two-thirds of those were Pentecostal, black majority churches, and a third catered for a particular linguistic or ethnic group such as Polish Lutheran. At the same time, the major Christian denominations such as Anglican, Catholic, and Presbyterian all saw falls in membership.

Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts #brightonbeach #britishlandscape #landscapestudiesofasmallisland


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Be curious, explore, ask questions. This innocuous council building houses a great community of artists including @simoncroberts #mondaymood #rightbrainstories #becurious #industrialhouse #merriealbion #podcasting


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Moments after the last photograph was taken, Gordon Brown was introduced to Gillian Duffy and they had a conversation on the pavement before he was whisked away to his next campaign event. From my vantage point on the roof of my motorhome I was able to witness the scene unravelling and photographed the conversation between Ms Duffy and Mr Brown. Writing in #MerrieAlbion, former MP and now Director of the @vamuseum, Tristram Hunt comments: “It could be a brief clip for the evening news, like so many other messages of the day, delivered in that short, staccato, slightly brutal style that Gordon Brown liked to use to address the British people. And yet, there, on the pavement, lurking in the shadows like a Great White Shark, is something unexpected, profound, and (we would soon discover) deeply damaging for the Brown campaign. As Gordon finished up his soundbite, Gillian Duffy—an unscreened and frankly unwanted member of the actual public, eyeballed suspiciously by the security guards—wished to ask him a question about immigration: ‘You can’t say anything about the immigrants. All these eastern Europeans what are coming in—where are they flocking from?’ Labour’s apparent reluctance to take a hard line on immigration, she said, had made her ‘ashamed’ to have been a supporter.....
It felt to some as if the mask had slipped and the political class’s contempt and indifference towards everyday voters’ concerns about immigration and its impact on rapid social change was revealed. In that very moment, the 2010 General Election surged into life and the ever-present lingering sense of a distant, lofty political elite—unfairly personified in Labour leader Gordon Brown—was painfully exposed.”


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‘Gordon Brown (Labour Party), Rochdale, Greater Manchester, 28 April 2010’ from the series #MerrieAlbion and taken as part of my @ukparliament British Election Artist commission.
Eight years ago today Rochdale was brought to national attention when Gordon Brown was caught on tape describing local woman Gillian Duffy as ‘bigoted’, following a conversation with her while on the campaign trail. The then-Prime Minister had been visiting a community re-offender project in the Lancashire town when Duffy called out to him and asked why he was not addressing the debt crisis. As part of the Labour Party’s ‘real voters’ strategy, she was ushered by an aide to speak directly to Brown, a discussion that was destined to get little coverage on the day’s election broadcasts. However, having got into his car still wearing a microphone provided by Sky News, Brown was recorded saying to his director of strategic communication, Justin Forsyth: ‘She was just a sort of bigoted woman.’ Once his gaffe was made public, he was forced to drive back to Rochdale and say sorry to her in person. Here Brown, flanked by his chief press spokesman, is seen being interviewed live on the BBC One O’Clock News, just as Duffy, dressed in the blue coat with red collar, starts calling out. Although the incident caused lasting damage to Brown’s political chances, Simon Danczuk, of the Labour Party, won the Rochdale seat with 36.4 per cent of the vote. #duffygate #gillianduffy #britishlandscape #simonroberts #landscapestudiesofasmallisland #electionartist @flowersgallery @inciteproject


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‘Nadhim Zahawi (Conservative Party), Salford Priors, Warwickshire, 26 April 2010’ from the series #MerrieAlbion. The photograph was taken eight years ago today when I was commissioned as the 2010 British Election Artist by the @ukparliament.

Nadhim Zahawi was born in Baghdad to Kurdish parents in 1967. Under threat of persecution from Saddam Hussein’s regime, his family immigrated to the UK when he was nine. A successful businessman, he co-founded the polling company YouGov. In the 2010 General Election, Zahawi was the favourite of David Cameron’s Conservative Central Office for the Stratford seat, and gained his nomination in a vote of local Tory members after failed attempts to become a parliamentary candidate in Devizes and Suffolk. However, he scored the lowest tally in the first Stratford vote and was only confirmed as the candidate on the third count. Unsurprisingly he won the very safe Tory seat of Salford Priors with 51.6 per cent of the vote. Here he is seen canvassing with local party members and political assistants from Washington DC, on a modern housing development adjacent to the grounds of Park Hall Manor. #nadimzahawi #electionartist #britishlandscape #landscapestudiesofasmallisland


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Photograph by @simoncroberts. ‘Stone Cross St George’s Day Parade, Dartmouth Park, Birmingham, West Midlands’ from the series #MerrieAlbion. The Stone Cross event is reputedly England’s largest St George’s Day parade, held annually to celebrate the national patron saint, best-known by his mythical image as a mighty, dragon-slaying medieval soldier. Although George would likely have been a soldier somewhere in the eastern Roman Empire, probably in what is now Turkey – if he ever existed. The saint is not only honoured in England, as he is the patron to organisations in 24 other countries including Bulgaria, Macedonia, Jordan and Lebanon. Traditional St George’s Day activities include flying the St George’s Cross red and white flag.
Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts #stgeorgesday #britishlandscape #saintgeorge


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From @natgeo:
Photograph by @simoncroberts. ‘Stone Cross St George’s Day Parade, Dartmouth Park, Birmingham, West Midlands’ from the series #MerrieAlbion. The Stone Cross event is reputedly England’s largest St George’s Day parade, held annually to celebrate the national patron saint, best-known by his mythical image as a mighty, dragon-slaying medieval soldier. Although George would likely have been a soldier somewhere in the eastern Roman Empire, probably in what is now Turkey – if he ever existed. The saint is not only honoured in England, as he is the patron to organisations in 24 other countries including Bulgaria, Macedonia, Jordan and Lebanon. Traditional St George’s Day activities include flying the St George’s Cross red and white flag.
Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts #stgeorgesday #britishlandscape #saintgeorge


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Photograph by @simoncroberts. ‘Stone Cross St George’s Day Parade, Dartmouth Park, Birmingham, West Midlands’ from the series #MerrieAlbion. The Stone Cross event is reputedly England’s largest St George’s Day parade, held annually to celebrate the national patron saint, best-known by his mythical image as a mighty, dragon-slaying medieval soldier. Although George would likely have been a soldier somewhere in the eastern Roman Empire, probably in what is now Turkey – if he ever existed. The saint is not only honoured in England, as he is the patron to organisations in 24 other countries including Bulgaria, Macedonia, Jordan and Lebanon. Traditional St George’s Day activities include flying the St George’s Cross red and white flag.
Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts #stgeorgesday #britishlandscape #saintgeorge


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‘Stone Cross St George’s Day Parade, Dartmouth Park, Birmingham, West Midlands, 23 April 2010’ from the series #MerrieAlbion. The Stone Cross event is reputedly England’s largest St George’s Day parade, held annually to celebrate the national patron saint, best-known by his mythical image as a mighty, dragon-slaying medieval soldier. Although George would likely have been a soldier somewhere in the eastern Roman Empire, probably in what is now Turkey – if he ever existed.
The saint is not only honoured in England, as he is the patron to organisations in 24 other countries including Bulgaria, Macedonia, Jordan and Lebanon. Traditional St George’s Day activities include flying the St George’s Cross red and white flag.
#simonroberts #stgeorgesday #britishlandscape #saintgeorge


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‘Men’s Marathon, Westminster Bridge, London’ photographed during the 2012 Olympic Games for the series #MerrieAlbion.
As Britain continues to bask in one of the hottest April months on record the unseasonal weather has triggered warnings for London Marathon runners amid fears this Sunday’s race could be the warmest on record. So if you’re running in the race tomorrow, keep hydrated and good luck!
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Simon Roberts. Broadstairs Dickens festival. Isle of Thanet. 19 June 2008. #simonroberts#photographer #photography #flowersgallery #flowersgallerylondon #merriealbion #inciteproject


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‘Men’s Marathon, Westminster Bridge, London’ photographed during the 2012 Olympic Games for the series #MerrieAlbion.
As Britain continues to bask in one of the hottest April months on record the unseasonal weather has triggered warnings for London Marathon runners amid fears this Sunday’s race could be the warmest on record. So if you’re running in the race tomorrow, keep hydrated and good luck! Repost via @simoncroberts #SimonRoberts #LondonMarathon


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Photograph by @simoncroberts. ‘Men’s Marathon, Westminster Bridge, London’ photographed during the 2012 Olympic Games for the series #MerrieAlbion.
As Britain continues to bask in one of the hottest April months on record the unseasonal weather has triggered warnings for London Marathon runners amid fears today’s race could be the warmest on record. So if you’re running in the race, keep hydrated and good luck!
Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works.
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Photograph by @simoncroberts. ‘Men’s Marathon, Westminster Bridge, London’ photographed during the 2012 Olympic Games for the series #MerrieAlbion.
As Britain continues to bask in one of the hottest April months on record the unseasonal weather has triggered warnings for London Marathon runners amid fears today’s race could be the warmest on record. So if you’re running in the race, keep hydrated and good luck!
Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts #londonmarathon #londonolympics #london2012


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Photograph by @simoncroberts. ‘Men’s Marathon, Westminster Bridge, London’ photographed during the 2012 Olympic Games for the series #MerrieAlbion.
As Britain continues to bask in one of the hottest April months on record the unseasonal weather has triggered warnings for London Marathon runners amid fears today’s race could be the warmest on record. So if you’re running in the race, keep hydrated and good luck!
Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts #londonmarathon #londonolympics #london2012


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‘Men’s Marathon, Westminster Bridge, London’ photographed during the 2012 Olympic Games for the series #MerrieAlbion.
As Britain continues to bask in one of the hottest April months on record the unseasonal weather has triggered warnings for London Marathon runners amid fears this Sunday’s race could be the warmest on record. So if you’re running in the race tomorrow, keep hydrated and good luck!
#simonroberts #londonmarathon #londonolympics


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Simon Roberts. Battle of Britain memorial flight. Shoreham Air Show. West Sussex. 15th September 2007. Incite are very proud to add more of @simoncroberts to the collection #simonroberts #photographer #photography #merriealbion #flowersgallery #flowersgallerylondon #history #inciteproject


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David Hurn and Simon Roberts will join us for a book signing ahead of their talk tomorrow,18th April! The book signing is a free event (the talk requires booking!) 📸: David Hurn / 'Wales 1990s' ( @caferoyalbooks )🔍 Signed publications from both David and Simon can be preordered by contacting the bookshop (details in bio) #davidhurn #wales #caferoyalbooks #british #documentary #blackandwhitephotography #simonroberts #merriealbion #landscape #studies #dewilewispublishing #photobook #magnumphotos @davidhurnphoto @simoncroberts


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Friends embrace in their way to the Masjid Ali Mosque, Aston Church Road, Birmingham, West Midlands, UK by @simoncroberts from the series #MerrieAlbion.
The Masjid Ali Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat mosque dominates the skyline of the Saltley area of Birmingham, standing alongside the family owned H. W. Taroni Metals Ltd. scrapyard, which has operated on Aston Church Road for the past sixty years. As Birmingham developed as an industrial location, Saltley became an over-spill area for workers and, during the 1950s, many of the houses were bought by immigrants from the Commonwealth. Residents have formed a strong community over the last half-century. The mosque, built in 2008, represents the Deobandi Islamic group, and has space for 2,700 members (including women). The Deobandis are virtually unknown to most British people, yet their influence is undeniable. As the largest Islamic group in the UK, they control over 40 per cent of mosques. For more from this series and other works please follow @simoncroberts .
#britishlandscape #landscapestudiesofasmallisland


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Friends embrace in their way to the Masjid Ali Mosque, Aston Church Road, Birmingham, West Midlands, UK by @simoncroberts from the series #MerrieAlbion.
The Masjid Ali Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat mosque dominates the skyline of the Saltley area of Birmingham, standing alongside the family owned H. W. Taroni Metals Ltd. scrapyard, which has operated on Aston Church Road for the past sixty years. As Birmingham developed as an industrial location, Saltley became an over-spill area for workers and, during the 1950s, many of the houses were bought by immigrants from the Commonwealth. Residents have formed a strong community over the last half-century. The mosque, built in 2008, represents the Deobandi Islamic group, and has space for 2,700 members (including women). The Deobandis are virtually unknown to most British people, yet their influence is undeniable. As the largest Islamic group in the UK, they control over 40 per cent of mosques. For more from this series and other works please follow @simoncroberts .
#britishlandscape #landscapestudiesofasmallisland


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Friends embrace in their way to the Masjid Ali Mosque, Aston Church Road, Birmingham, West Midlands, UK by @simoncroberts from the series #MerrieAlbion.
The Masjid Ali Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat mosque dominates the skyline of the Saltley area of Birmingham, standing alongside the family owned H. W. Taroni Metals Ltd. scrapyard, which has operated on Aston Church Road for the past sixty years. As Birmingham developed as an industrial location, Saltley became an over-spill area for workers and, during the 1950s, many of the houses were bought by immigrants from the Commonwealth. Residents have formed a strong community over the last half-century. The mosque, built in 2008, represents the Deobandi Islamic group, and has space for 2,700 members (including women). The Deobandis are virtually unknown to most British people, yet their influence is undeniable. As the largest Islamic group in the UK, they control over 40 per cent of mosques. For more from this series and other works please follow @simoncroberts .
#britishlandscape #landscapestudiesofasmallisland


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David Hurn and Simon Roberts will join us for a book signing ahead of their talk on 18th April! The book signing is a free event (the talk requires booking!) 📸: Simon Roberts / 'Merrie Albion - Landscape Studies of a Small Island' ( @dewi_lewis_publishing )🎡 Signed publications from both David and Simon can be preordered by contacting the bookshop (details in bio) #davidhurn #wales #caferoyalbooks #british #documentary #blackandwhitephotography #simonroberts #merriealbion #landscape #studies #dewilewispublishing #photobook #magnumphotos @davidhurnphoto @simoncroberts


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Grenfell Tower, North Kensington, London, 19 June 2017 from the series #MerrieAlbion.

The Grenfell Tower fire started after midnight on 14 June 2017 but took until the following day to get it under control. Even weeks after the event, police claimed that while eighty people are currently presumed to have died, the final death toll will not be known for some time; nor will the conclusions from the public inquiry into the disaster. The twenty-four-storey block, part of the Lancaster West Estate, was designed in 1967 in the brutalist style of the era, and underwent a major renovation in 2016. The estate is located in a predominantly working-class housing complex surrounded by affluent neighbourhoods, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. No other local authority in the country has such a large gap between rich and poor, and given that there were a high number of immigrants in Grenfell Tower, many now see the loss of these lives as symbolic of an unjust social order: an emblem of a broken society. #landscapestudiesofasmallisland #grenfelltowerfire #grenfell


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Thanks @artforum (April 2018 issue) for reviewing #MerrieAlbion exhibition @flowersgallery.
—Sylwia Serafinowicz writes “Roberts has remained faithful to the style he mastered in 2007, characterized by a complex multiplane composition, elevated perspective and the tableau format, to use art historian and curator Jean-François Chevrier’s term for a form of photography that, like painting, relates to the wall rather than to the page, and in which characters are otherwise absorbed and seem unaware of the existence of the viewer. In this show, the majority of the exhibited photographs (C-prints) were sixty by seventy-two inches and displayed one or two per wall at eye level. Some works depicted British meadows and rivers as a background for historical reenactments and traditional rituals. A sense of anxiety underpins these scenes. Although the activities aim to reinforce a sense of identity and belonging, all they provide is a momentary distraction from the political and economic unrest of the past decade.....”


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Flooding of the Somerset Levels, Burrowbridge, Somerset, 11 February 2014 from #MerrieAlbion (2007-2017). Eighty feet above the flooded Somerset Levels, from the relative safety of Burrow Mump, spectators photograph the waterlogged scenery below. Large areas of Burrowbridge and the surrounding Somerset Levels had been submerged since the beginning of the year. It is estimated there were 100 million cubic metres of floodwater covering an area of 65 square kilometres. Residents accused the Environment Agency of having abandoned the village, leaving it to volunteers to help evacuate neighbours from their flooded houses, piling up home-prepared sandbags, and attempting to clean houses. In early February, Royal Marines from 40 Commando were deployed to help reinforce flood defences. Intensive agriculture, increasing urbanization, poor management of rivers, and the draining of wetlands have left the vast majority of natural flood defences—many previously preserved for centuries by communities who understood their value—unable to fulfil their intended functions, with some close to collapse. Met Office forecasters predict a one-in-three chance there will be a new record set for monthly rainfall during coming winters. #burrowmump #somersetflooding #britishlandscape #landscapestudiesofasmallisland


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Mel and Charlie’s Roundhouse, Talley, Carmarthenshire, 22 February 2016 from the series #MerrieAlbion (2007-2017)

Mel and Charlie are part of a self-affirmed group of hippies who founded the UK’s first eco-community in 1976 in a valley in Carmarthenshire. They are a village, not a ‘commune’, which includes families, singletons, activists, many ‘originals’, environmentalists, artists, and musicians. Despite its long-standing existence and residents owning the land, the community’s legal status has been the object of discussion over the years. The majority of the land has been purchased from local farmers for agricultural usage with no planning permission for residential structures. Living off the grid, without rent or mortgage concerns, most reside in low-impact dwellings including round houses, yurts, or tipis that are moved every six months (thereby allowing residents to claim they are non-permanent agricultural structures). Everyone is responsible for his economy: maintenance work on the dwellings, chopping firewood, cutting rushes for the floor. There are no hard and fast rules: although many dwellers live entirely off the land, others buy their food locally, and similarly some children are home-schooled, while others are locally educated. With sustainability now a buzzword, Britain has seen a burgeoning subculture of eco and co-operative communities, with over a hundred listed on the website Diggers and Dreamers. #diggersanddreamers #tipivalley #roundhouse #britishlandscape #landscapestudiesofasmallisland


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Photograph by @simoncroberts.
Ashley Vale Allotments, Bristol, UK from the series #MerrieAlbion

Sophie and Matthew Holker tend their plot on the Ashley Vale Allotments, whilst their daughter Esme looks on. Ashley (meaning ash tree wood in Old English) Vale has been occupied since Roman times. The history of the allotments starts around the time of the First World War, when the land was turned over to the growing of vegetables, shortly before rationing was introduced. The ‘Rules of the Ashley Vale Allotment Association Ltd.’ were registered with the Agricultural Organization Society in 1917. The site now consists of over 200 plots overlooking St Werburghs City Farm. In July 2009, the House of Commons Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs Committee published a report, ‘Securing Food Supplies up to 2050: The Challenges Faced by the UK’. It acknowledges the important role of home-grown food and that the Government needs to plan for increased public demand for allotments. In fact, a 2017 study by food policy experts from three universities has warned that departure from the EU raises such urgent complications for food and agriculture that without focus on the issue “the risk is that food security in the UK will be seriously undermined”, leading to dwindling supplies and erratic prices.

Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts #landscapestudiesofasmallisland #allotments #foodsustainability #ashleyvale #britishlandscape


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Garden dreams!

#Repost @natgeo with @get_repost
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Photograph by @simoncroberts.
Ashley Vale Allotments, Bristol, UK from the series #MerrieAlbion

Sophie and Matthew Holker tend their plot on the Ashley Vale Allotments, whilst their daughter Esme looks on. Ashley (meaning ash tree wood in Old English) Vale has been occupied since Roman times. The history of the allotments starts around the time of the First World War, when the land was turned over to the growing of vegetables, shortly before rationing was introduced. The ‘Rules of the Ashley Vale Allotment Association Ltd.’ were registered with the Agricultural Organization Society in 1917. The site now consists of over 200 plots overlooking St Werburghs City Farm. In July 2009, the House of Commons Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs Committee published a report, ‘Securing Food Supplies up to 2050: The Challenges Faced by the UK’. It acknowledges the important role of home-grown food and that the Government needs to plan for increased public demand for allotments. In fact, a 2017 study by food policy experts from three universities has warned that departure from the EU raises such urgent complications for food and agriculture that without focus on the issue “the risk is that food security in the UK will be seriously undermined”, leading to dwindling supplies and erratic prices.

Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts #landscapestudiesofasmallisland #allotments #foodsustainability #ashleyvale #britishlandscape


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Photograph by @simoncroberts.
Ashley Vale Allotments, Bristol, UK from the series #MerrieAlbion

Sophie and Matthew Holker tend their plot on the Ashley Vale Allotments, whilst their daughter Esme looks on. Ashley (meaning ash tree wood in Old English) Vale has been occupied since Roman times. The history of the allotments starts around the time of the First World War, when the land was turned over to the growing of vegetables, shortly before rationing was introduced. The ‘Rules of the Ashley Vale Allotment Association Ltd.’ were registered with the Agricultural Organization Society in 1917. The site now consists of over 200 plots overlooking St Werburghs City Farm. In July 2009, the House of Commons Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs Committee published a report, ‘Securing Food Supplies up to 2050: The Challenges Faced by the UK’. It acknowledges the important role of home-grown food and that the Government needs to plan for increased public demand for allotments. In fact, a 2017 study by food policy experts from three universities has warned that departure from the EU raises such urgent complications for food and agriculture that without focus on the issue “the risk is that food security in the UK will be seriously undermined”, leading to dwindling supplies and erratic prices.

Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts #landscapestudiesofasmallisland #allotments #foodsustainability #ashleyvale #britishlandscape


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#inst10 #ReGram @natgeo: Photograph by @simoncroberts.
Ashley Vale Allotments, Bristol, UK from the series #MerrieAlbion

Sophie and Matthew Holker tend their plot on the Ashley Vale Allotments, whilst their daughter Esme looks on. Ashley (meaning ash tree wood in Old English) Vale has been occupied since Roman times. The history of the allotments starts around the time of the First World War, when the land was turned over to the growing of vegetables, shortly before rationing was introduced. The ‘Rules of the Ashley Vale Allotment Association Ltd.’ were registered with the Agricultural Organization Society in 1917. The site now consists of over 200 plots overlooking St Werburghs City Farm. In July 2009, the House of Commons Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs Committee published a report, ‘Securing Food Supplies up to 2050: The Challenges Faced by the UK’. It acknowledges the important role of home-grown food and that the Government needs to plan for increased public demand for allotments. In fact, a 2017 study by food policy experts from three universities has warned that departure from the EU raises such urgent complications for food and agriculture that without focus on the issue “the risk is that food security in the UK will be seriously undermined”, leading to dwindling supplies and erratic prices.

Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts #landscapestudiesofasmallisland #allotments #foodsustainability #ashleyvale #britishlandscape


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This garden is a vision! Want to be a part of establishing community plots in Mississauga? More info: manyfeathers.ca/community-plots 🌱🥕#mississauga #saugacity #saugalife #905 #ontariogrown .
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Photograph by @simoncroberts.
Ashley Vale Allotments, Bristol, UK from the series #MerrieAlbion

Sophie and Matthew Holker tend their plot on the Ashley Vale Allotments, whilst their daughter Esme looks on. Ashley (meaning ash tree wood in Old English) Vale has been occupied since Roman times. The history of the allotments starts around the time of the First World War, when the land was turned over to the growing of vegetables, shortly before rationing was introduced. The ‘Rules of the Ashley Vale Allotment Association Ltd.’ were registered with the Agricultural Organization Society in 1917. The site now consists of over 200 plots overlooking St Werburghs City Farm. In July 2009, the House of Commons Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs Committee published a report, ‘Securing Food Supplies up to 2050: The Challenges Faced by the UK’. It acknowledges the important role of home-grown food and that the Government needs to plan for increased public demand for allotments. In fact, a 2017 study by food policy experts from three universities has warned that departure from the EU raises such urgent complications for food and agriculture that without focus on the issue “the risk is that food security in the UK will be seriously undermined”, leading to dwindling supplies and erratic prices.

Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts #landscapestudiesofasmallisland #allotments #foodsustainability #ashleyvale #britishlandscape


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Photograph by @simoncroberts.
Ashley Vale Allotments, Bristol, UK from the series #MerrieAlbion

Sophie and Matthew Holker tend their plot on the Ashley Vale Allotments, whilst their daughter Esme looks on. Ashley (meaning ash tree wood in Old English) Vale has been occupied since Roman times. The history of the allotments starts around the time of the First World War, when the land was turned over to the growing of vegetables, shortly before rationing was introduced. The ‘Rules of the Ashley Vale Allotment Association Ltd.’ were registered with the Agricultural Organization Society in 1917. The site now consists of over 200 plots overlooking St Werburghs City Farm. In July 2009, the House of Commons Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs Committee published a report, ‘Securing Food Supplies up to 2050: The Challenges Faced by the UK’. It acknowledges the important role of home-grown food and that the Government needs to plan for increased public demand for allotments. In fact, a 2017 study by food policy experts from three universities has warned that departure from the EU raises such urgent complications for food and agriculture that without focus on the issue “the risk is that food security in the UK will be seriously undermined”, leading to dwindling supplies and erratic prices.

Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts #landscapestudiesofasmallisland #allotments #foodsustainability #ashleyvale #britishlandscape


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Photograph by @simoncroberts.
Ashley Vale Allotments, Bristol, UK from the series #MerrieAlbion

Sophie and Matthew Holker tend their plot on the Ashley Vale Allotments, whilst their daughter Esme looks on. Ashley (meaning ash tree wood in Old English) Vale has been occupied since Roman times. The history of the allotments starts around the time of the First World War, when the land was turned over to the growing of vegetables, shortly before rationing was introduced. The ‘Rules of the Ashley Vale Allotment Association Ltd.’ were registered with the Agricultural Organization Society in 1917. The site now consists of over 200 plots overlooking St Werburghs City Farm. In July 2009, the House of Commons Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs Committee published a report, ‘Securing Food Supplies up to 2050: The Challenges Faced by the UK’. It acknowledges the important role of home-grown food and that the Government needs to plan for increased public demand for allotments. In fact, a 2017 study by food policy experts from three universities has warned that departure from the EU raises such urgent complications for food and agriculture that without focus on the issue “the risk is that food security in the UK will be seriously undermined”, leading to dwindling supplies and erratic prices.

Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts #landscapestudiesofasmallisland #allotments #foodsustainability #ashleyvale #britishlandscape


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David Hurn has so many who wonderful stories, here he is sharing a few with a Belgian TV crew during press launch of ‘The Great British Seaside’ exhibition at the National Maritime Museum @royalmuseumsgreenwich. The exhibition features photographs from the 1960s to present day by #TonyRayJones, @davidhurnphoto, @martinparrstudio and yours truly. Opens 24 March and runs to 30 September. #GBseaside #britishlandscape #merriealbion #pierdom #weenglish


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First glimpse of ‘The Great British Seaside’ exhibition at the National Maritime Museum @royalmuseumsgreenwich. The exhibition features photographs from the 1960s to present day by #TonyRayJones, #DavidHurn, @martinparrstudio and yours truly. Opens 24 March and runs to 30 September. More install shots coming...... #GBseaside #britishlandscape #merriealbion#pierdom #weenglish


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First glimpse of ‘The Great British Seaside’ exhibition at the National Maritime Museum @royalmuseumsgreenwich. The exhibition features photographs from the 1960s to present day by #TonyRayJones, #DavidHurn, @martinparrstudio and yours truly. Opens 24 March and runs to 30 September. More install shots coming...... #GBseaside #britishlandscape #merriealbion#pierdom #weenglish


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Edmonton Church of Christ Bank Holiday Picnic, Brighton, East Sussex, 30 August 2010 from #MerrieAlbion (2007-2017). The photograph will be on show as part of the group exhibition ‘The Great British Seaside’ at the National Maritime Museum opening this Friday 23 March. 🏖️#GBseaside @royalmuseumsgreenwich
The Church of Christ at Edmonton is a branch of the Universal Church of Christ, one of several Christian denominations formed out of the Restoration Movement of the early 1800s. Along with other churches based in London, it has helped see Christian congregations grow by 16 per cent, which means that a quarter of England’s churchgoers worship in London. The figures were revealed by the London Church Census covering the period 2005 to 2012, and show that the growth is driven by London’s ethnic diversity. The census, commissioned by London City Mission, found that two new London churches opened every week in the seven-year period. Two-thirds of those were Pentecostal, black majority churches, and a third catered for a particular linguistic or ethnic group such as Polish Lutheran. At the same time, the major Christian denominations such as Anglican, Catholic, and Presbyterian all saw falls in membership with overall church attendance declining from 11.8 per cent to 5 per cent of the population.


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Photograph by @simoncroberts.
River Esk at Trough House Bridge, Eskdale, Cumbria from the series #MerrieAlbion

Trough House Bridge, an old packhorse bridge, is in a little rock gorge below Stanley Gill in Eskdale, and is popular for jumping off into the deep river pool. For Wordsworth, Eskdale was ‘the Green Vale of Esk—deep and green with its glittering serpent stream’. The development of Eskdale Common in Cumbria is an integral part of the valley’s landscape history. Initially an aristocratic estate, it is now an expanse managed by the National Trust that includes the highest mountain in England, Scafell Pike. There are still more than a million acres of common land in England and Wales, most privately owned and in upland regions of northern England and Wales. The National Trust, along with English Heritage, Ministry of Defence, utility companies, and the Forestry Commission, are among the largest landowners in Britain.

Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts #landscapestudiesofasmallisland #eskdale #nationalproperty


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Appley Beach, Ryde, Isle of Wight, 25 June 2008 from the series #MerrieAlbion (2007-2017). This photograph is featured in the upcoming exhibition ‘The Great British Seaside’ at the National Maritime Museum, 23 March - 30 September @royalmuseumsgreenwich
The beaches at Ryde lie on the northeast coast of the Isle of Wight and offer miles and miles of sandy shores with views across the Solent to Portsmouth. At low tide the sand banks reach almost to the end of the 681-metre-long pier. In 1782, bodies of men, women, and children were washed ashore at Ryde Beach. HMS Royal George, the largest warship in the world upon its launch in 1756, was taking on supplies prior to joining a new expedition when it capsized, trapping hundreds below deck. In The Monthly Review in 1817, Sir Henry Englefield’s description of the Isle of Wight mentions his discovery of the HMS Royal George mass grave. An ‘Inscription for a Monument’ was recorded to ‘the memory of those sailors, whose bodies were…cast up on the beach at Ryde…and buried…near that place’. Of the thousand people aboard, fewer than 400 were saved. In April 2009, Isle of Wight Council placed a new memorial plaque in the newly restored Ashley Gardens on Ryde Esplanade in memory of HMS Royal George.


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Photograph by @simoncroberts.
River Esk at Trough House Bridge, Eskdale, Cumbria from the series #MerrieAlbion

Trough House Bridge, an old packhorse bridge, is in a little rock gorge below Stanley Gill in Eskdale, and is popular for jumping off into the deep river pool. For Wordsworth, Eskdale was ‘the Green Vale of Esk—deep and green with its glittering serpent stream’. The development of Eskdale Common in Cumbria is an integral part of the valley’s landscape history. Initially an aristocratic estate, it is now an expanse managed by the National Trust that includes the highest mountain in England, Scafell Pike. There are still more than a million acres of common land in England and Wales, most privately owned and in upland regions of northern England and Wales. The National Trust, along with English Heritage, Ministry of Defence, utility companies, and the Forestry Commission, are among the largest landowners in Britain.

Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts #landscapestudiesofasmallisland #eskdale #nationalproperty


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One day to go! Counter Plymouth opens at 12pm this Saturday. We have copies of 'Merrie Albion' by Simon Roberts for sale! Come and say hello! @counterplymouth @ocean_studios @simoncroberts #southwestisbest #merriealbion #simonroberts #fotonow #fotonowcic


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Photograph by @simoncroberts.
Willy Lott’s House at Flatford, East Bergholt, Suffolk, UK from the series #MerrieAlbion

Visitors to Constable Country, as it came to be called in his own lifetime, are often surprised by how small it first seems on the ground. Many of the sites of John Constable’s major paintings, such as The Hay Wain (1821), are located within a few miles of Flatford Mill. In the past twenty years many of the views around Willy Lott’s House have been cleared of blocking trees and vegetation, so that the landscape on the ground now imitates that in Constable’s pictures, no matter what license the painter took in his own time assembling pictures from a variety of sources. Constable’s paintings of Suffolk have been credited for putting parts of the country previously thought of as unremarkable on the picturesque ‘map’. Here a member of the National Trust holds up a replica of one of Constable’s paintings to visiting tourists. To British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin, Constable’s landscapes were so deeply etched into the landscape that they had ceased to be separable from it: ‘Of a plough team coming over the brow of a hill, the sight that has been seen in England since England was a land’. Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts #landscapestudiesofasmallisland #flatfordmill #constablecountry


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Photograph by @simoncroberts.
Willy Lott’s House at Flatford, East Bergholt, Suffolk, UK from the series #MerrieAlbion

Visitors to Constable Country, as it came to be called in his own lifetime, are often surprised by how small it first seems on the ground. Many of the sites of John Constable’s major paintings, such as The Hay Wain (1821), are located within a few miles of Flatford Mill. In the past twenty years many of the views around Willy Lott’s House have been cleared of blocking trees and vegetation, so that the landscape on the ground now imitates that in Constable’s pictures, no matter what license the painter took in his own time assembling pictures from a variety of sources. Constable’s paintings of Suffolk have been credited for putting parts of the country previously thought of as unremarkable on the picturesque ‘map’. Here a member of the National Trust holds up a replica of one of Constable’s paintings to visiting tourists. To British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin, Constable’s landscapes were so deeply etched into the landscape that they had ceased to be separable from it: ‘Of a plough team coming over the brow of a hill, the sight that has been seen in England since England was a land’. Follow @simoncroberts to see more photographs from this series and other works. #simonroberts #landscapestudiesofasmallisland #flatfordmill #constablecountry


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Today’s donation is a book from @simoncroberts titled ‘MERRIE ALBION’ which features photographed events and places across Britain which has drawn the public together, reflecting on the nature of our shared histories and communal experiences. Thank you so much Simon Roberts! #UOSPhotographyDegree2018 #Photography #UniversityofSuffolk #UoS #Auction #Donation #MerrieAlbion #SimonRoberts #Book #Landscapes #BritishLandscape


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‘Between the Acts, 2018’ on the streets of Manchester alongside 'AGITATE In Memoriam' by Michael Peel and 'Second Class' @byheathkane. Go to flyingleaps.co.uk for signed limited edition artists' poster prints. @flyingleaps2016 #brexitposter #sevensisterscliffs #betweentheacts #merriealbion


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Bunking off school @simoncroberts Great pics and display, loved it! Your devoted little person x #merriealbion #flowersgallery


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‘Grenfell Tower, North Kensington, London, 19 June 2017’ from my series #MerrieAlbion.

The Grenfell Tower fire started after midnight on 14 June 2017 but took until the following day to get it under control. The final death toll was recently confirmed as 71 but conclusions from the public inquiry into the disaster may take years to publish. The twenty-four-storey block, part of the Lancaster West Estate, was designed in 1967 in the brutalist style of the era, and underwent a major renovation in 2016. The estate is located in a predominantly working-class housing complex surrounded by affluent neighbourhoods, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. No other local authority in the country has such a large gap between rich and poor, and given that there were a high number of immigrants in Grenfell Tower, many now see the loss of these lives as symbolic of an unjust social order: an emblem of a broken society. The photograph is currently displayed @flowersgallery until 10 March.


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Simon Roberts: Merrie Albion - Landscape Studies of a Small Island. Final days at Flowers Gallery, 82 Kingsland Road, London E2 8DP. Exhibition closes Saturday 10 March. @simoncroberts #SimonRoberts #MerrieAlbion #FlowersGallery


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Merrie Albion, Broadstairs Dickens Festival, Isle of Thanet, 2008 @simoncroberts @flowersgallery from the current exhibition Merrie Albion #simonroberts #merriealbion #flowersgallery #photography #photooftheday #photographer #dickens #england #isleofthanet #sea #victorian #timewarp #bathers #public #waves #paddling


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Diamond Jubilee Celebration, Craven Vale Estate, Brighton, East Sussex, 2012

Housed in a former bin store, the Craven Vale Community Centre serves the locals of Craven Vale and Baker’s Bottom in Brighton. The history of the name Craven Vale is unknown, although local historian Alan Cooke derives its origins either from craven as a word for garlic woods or from John Chester Craven, the first locomotive engineer at the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway. In 2012, residents celebrated a dual Diamond Jubilee: that of Queen Elizabeth II and Craven Vale Estate’s existence. Attendees included several locals who had moved onto the estate at its inception, and the event was opened by the Mayor of Brighton and Hove. Members of the organising committee were dressed as their favourite monarchs, including King Charles II, Queen Victoria, and Queen Elizabeth II. @simoncroberts #MerrieAlbion #FlowersGallery


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Simon Roberts, Merrie Albion - Landscape Studies of a Small Island. Creating a view of contemporary society that is far from straightforward, Roberts critically conflates the traditional genre of landscape with social documentary, layering ideas of national character through relationships to both place and particular moments in time.

Exhibition on view at Flowers Gallery, 82 Kingsland Road, London until 10 March #MerrieAlbion #SimonRoberts #FlowersGallery @simoncroberts


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Aesthetically beautiful pictures detach from a strong narrative of a seemingly mundane Britain. The series ‘Merrie Albion - Landscape Studies of a Small Island’ is a photographic exhibition by Simon Roberts, who has documented Britain across varied community events in his consistent style. The prints at 1.5m wide, are best viewed in person than on your phone.
Flowers Gallery
Until 10th March
#simonroberts #merriealbion #flowersgallery #savetheprint #gallcal


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Simon Roberts - Merrie Albion at the Flowers Gallery (Download Festival 2008)
#simonroberts #merriealbion #flowersgallery #kiss #kissmyface


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