Lindow Man Discovery Revisited At Manchester Museum

By Culture24 staff | 28 December 2008
A photo of grassy woodland overlooking water

Lindow Moss. Pic © Stephen Vaughan

Exhibition: Lindow Moss - A Place of Finding, The Manchester Museum, Manchester, until July 12, 2009

The Cheshire bog where the body of an Iron Age man was discovered is being revisited in a new photographic exhibition at The Manchester Museum.

Stephen Vaughan documented the landscape of Lindow Moss, which became a place of legend after a preserved body known as Lindow Man was discovered in the moss in 1984, over a four-year period.

A photo of a path stretching out across a foggy moss

Pic © Stephen Vaughan

“For me, the vivid representation of the place of finding is vital in order to connect the body to its original resting place,” says Vaughan, whose pictures highlight the erosion intensive excavation work has caused to the peat track, shrinking the site to a tenth of its original 1,500-acre size.

A photo of water and grassland at the Moss

Pic © Stephen Vaughan

“My photographs aim to provide a definitive and rich record of the landscape of Lindow Man’s deposit and discovery.”

Vaughan’s work comes as part of the museum’s Lindow Man: A Bog Body Mystery exhibition, which is eight months into a year-long display at the museum and has just been nominated for a prestigious design award.

A picture of a family looking at exhibits

Visitors at the Bog Body Mystery show. Pic courtesy Manchester Museum

The exhibition has been shortlisted in the Temporary Exhibition Design category in the 2009 Design Week awards for its presentation of the body, which has been preserved through freeze drying and is on loan from the British Museum, and exploration of the views of scientists, archaeologists, academic figures and local people.

A picture of an open space with people looking around

The design of the space at the main exhibition has won an award nomination. Pic courtesy Manchester Museum

Stephen Booth, Curator of Temporary Exhibitions at the museum, said: “Stephen Vaughan’s work is a testament to the passage of time and disappearing landscape. His stunning photography captures perfectly the atmosphere of Lindow Moss, adding further mystery to the discovery of Lindow Man.”

A picture of a miniature replica digger

Replica models at the display. Pic courtesy Manchester Museum

"Lindow Man: A Bog Body Mystery challenged museum exhibition design and we are delighted that it has been shortlisted for one of the world’s most prestigious design awards."

A picture of a work top at the exhibition with painting materials on top

The story of Lindow Man has proved a hugely popular exploration. Pic courtesy Manchester Museum

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