Tullie House presents a brand new installation from Carlisle-based artist and photographer, Sam Rollinson.

'The past often feels so distant; I want to border that gap’ Sam Rollinson

'Borders' explores the history of the Anglo-Scottish border, focussing on reconstructing historic sites as they may have looked during the first wars of Scottish independence from the late 13th Century onwards. The series creates a visualisation of that time to immerse the viewer in the past. Each image portrays a major stronghold from Berwick-upon-Tweed to Carlisle at a time when they were either under siege from the English or Scottish Kings, or had particular political significance. This was the time of the Great Famine, the Black Death, the Peasants’ Revolt and the beginnings of the Border Reivers…

Newcastle© Sam Rollinson

The turmoiled soundtrack is in contrast with the stillness of the images to highlight the ongoing residues of violence. Wars, particularly on borders, can be prolonged for centuries; ceasefires come and go, treaties are negotiated and broken. Ultimately, trust is lost and any lasting peace becomes unlikely.

This installation is being supported by items from the Tullie House Museum collection. The items, chosen by the artist, are designed to convey how the evidence of conflict and daily life often lie awkwardly together.



Creating Borders © Sam Rollinson 

Video showing the process involved in the creation of Sam Rollinson's latest installation 'Borders' hosted by Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle from Saturday 8 September - Sunday 4 November 2018


Cover image: Carlisle © Sam Rollinson 


On: 08 th September 2018, 10:00 am Until: 28 th October 2018, 4:00 pm