Exmoor Studies, a new series of publications, aims to cover topics and matters relevant to Exmoor and its national park designation. The booklets provide an opportunity for each subject to be studied in greater depth than an article in the Exmoor Review would allow. The series was launched in 2017 and will continue to be added to; the current titles, available in the shop and online, are:
Exmoor Chroniclers edited by Caroline Tonson-Rye
The eight chroniclers included in this booklet contributed in their different ways over the last sixty or so years to our perception of Exmoor as a national park – its landscape beauty, wildlife, history and culture. Their writings, paintings and photographs have left a rich fund of material that contributes much to the knowledge and understanding of the area. These essays are a tribute to their love of Exmoor that lives on in their words.
The Exmoor Pony – Contested Histories by Dr Helen Blackman
Exmoor ponies are a favourite feature of the moor, of a piece with the landscape and an important part of moorland conservation. However, their history as a breed is not straightforward. Are they an ancient race, or a native pony breed? This work explores competing narratives associated with the ponies, seeking to understand these within a wider history of Exmoor itself.