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Exhibition is a celebration of manual work

A new exhibition portraying the skills and satisfaction of manual occupations is coming to The Treasure House, Beverley, on November 10. It is the work of Manchester-based Peter Barker, a photographer and writer who spent 30 years living in Beverley and has himself had a fascinating array of occupations, from being a former Hull Town Clerk and a diplomat in Iran and Afghanistan, to being a yoga teacher, French translator and charity worker in Russia.

He told Beverley FM: “I wanted to make this series of photographs for two reasons. The first is that I myself get great satisfaction from making and repairing things and I wanted to pursue that photographically. The second reason is that there is a dignity in manual occupations, which I think is often overlooked and should be celebrated.”

The exhibition features some well-known East Yorkshire faces: Beverley-based violin maker Peter Hall, book-binder Colin Tatman and baker Liz Parkin all make an appearance. Each uses age old and specialised craft-based skills which are still very much in demand even in the present age of mechanical and digital manufacturing.

The exhibition will continue until January 26.