A commission to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Peak District National Park and 200 years since the birth of antiquarian Thomas Bateman. 

Rose created two new collages for the commission, ‘Dark Peak’ and ‘White Peak’. The images draw on the geology, topography and archaeology of the Peak District, and by Bateman’s accounts and drawings of his discoveries.

The project also invited poets to create new work, and these were brought together into an anthology, edited by Melanie Giles. Poets included James Caruth, Abigail Flint, Vona Groake, Rebecca Hurst, John McAuliffe, Richard Skelton, Christine Roseeta Walker and John Wedgewood Clark. Rose designed the book ‘Vestiges’ with Luke Thompson, which was published in December 2021.

The work of Thomas Bateman will be celebrated in a new exhibition at the Weston Park Museum, Sheffield in 2022.

The project was funded by the School of Arts, Histories and Cultures at the University of Manchester, through their Social Responsibility and Creative Manchester ‘Cultural Engagement Awards’. With thanks to Melanie Giles (University of Manchester), Bob Johnson (University of Sheffield) and Anna Badcock (Peak District National Park).