Footage of the Quantock Hills wanted for new exhibition

The National Trust is looking for video footage of the Quantock Hills for a new exhibition.

The new permanent exhibition at Coleridge Cottage in Nether Stowey reveals the story of how the Quantocks inspired the poetry of Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who lived in the area at the end of the 18th-Century.

Titled Three Extraordinary Years, One Extraordinary Landscape the exhibition will feature footage of the Quantock Hills in a bid to give visitors a taste of what inspired Coleridge about the landscape, and to encourage them to explore it for themselves.

The National Trust is asking amateur filmmakers and videographers to submit video footage to be showcased in the exhibition.

Coleridge Cottage in Nether Story – image copyright: National Trust Images/Andreas von Einsiedel

Visitor experience officer, Kate Chandler said: “Anyone who lives in or who has visited them will know that the Quantock Hills are special.

“You can be wandering through wooded valleys and rolling fields one minute, and then suddenly you’re up on the heath with gorse and ponies and views across the sea.

“Coleridge was in awe of this landscape, and he captured it in poems like This Lime Tree Bower my Prison, and Frost at Midnight.

“We want to share the best of the Quantocks with visitors to Coleridge Cottage and inspire them to explore the area for themselves.

“We’re looking for high resolution footage of the landscape in all its forms.

“Coleridge was here in the 1790s so it would need to have a natural look, free of people and modern features such as cars, tyre tracks, or roads.

“We are particularly interested in footage with powerful depictions of weather and light.”

To send in video footage, or to find out more, you can contact Kate on 01278 732662, or by emailing Coleridge.cottage@nationaltrust.org.uk.

In the garden at Coleridge Cottage in Nether Stowey – image copyright: David Martin

The 17th-Century Coleridge Cottage was home to Samuel Taylor Coleridge for three-years from 1797.

It was during his time in Somerset that Coleridge wrote his finest works, including The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Kubla Khan, Frost at Midnight, Christabel, and This Lime Tree Bower my Prison.

Working with William Wordsworth on their collection of poetry Lyrical Ballads, it was here in the wild west Somerset landscape that the literary movement of Romanticism was born.

The cottage itself has a rich and fascinating history, from a humble Georgian home, to its transformation into Moore’s Coleridge Cottage Inn during the Victorian era.

Following a major redevelopment project in 2011, visitors can now explore the wildflower garden, and rooms of the cottage never previously open to the public.

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