Tarmac quarry will hold an exhibition during Buxton wells Dressing

A carnival float from Tarmac Quarry
A carnival float from Tarmac Quarry

A chance to walk down memory lane and relive quarry life of old with a photography exhibition which will take place during the Wells Dressing Festival.

Tarmac Limited has financially supported the Buxton Well Dressing Festival over many years. This year the two organisations are working together to stage another exhibition of the photographic archive alongside the wells being dressed in St. John’s Church, Buxton.

Christine Gould from Tarmac said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to see the ancient craft of well dressing in progress along with DVD presentations of the process.”

This is the third exhibition the quarry has put on since last summer, previous ones have been at the Green Man Gallery, and Buxton Methodist Church and saw hundreds of people pass through the doors to reminisce about how life used to be or to learn about how things have changed over the years.

Now this year Tarmac will be holding the next one during thee festival to attract more people.

A team of up to 50 volunteers work on the wells for 3 days gradually adding all the natural materials onto the clay base to build up the designs.

The Tarmac exhibition will be in the Ladies Chapel in St. Johns Church and will show a range of images showing the history of the Lime Industry in Buxton and how the industry has moved from being very manual and dangerous to being highly mechanised, with a high emphasis on safety.

The well dressing and the Tarmac Exhibition are being held from Thursday, June 30 to Saturday, July 2 between 9am to 6pm with the event closing at 4pm on the Saturday. Photographs in the Tarmac Exhibition will be for sale with proceeds to local charities. Admission is free.

The wells will be in place at St. Ann’s Well, the Market Place Well and The Taylor Well on Spring Gardens from Sunday, July 3 to Monday, July 11 with the Well Blessing Service on Sunday, July 3 from 1.45pm starting at St. Anne’s Church, Bath Road, Buxton.

This is all done for the build up to carnival on Saturday, July 9. For any competition or entry forms visit www.buxtonwelldressing.co.uk