Hopping Down in Kent

A year in the life of a hop garden

Come and find out about the importance of one of Kent's most famous crops, in a free exhibition devoted to hopping using Screen Archive South East film and archive documents from Kent’s county collections.

The exhibition

  • Watch a 15-minute film by Screen Archive South East that takes you through a traditional hop year from planting to harvesting
  • Listen as Ben Brazil, a Romany Gypsy, recalls childhood memories of travelling with his family from farm to farm in search of work in the hop fields - from a selection of oral histories
  • Peruse a selection of photographs, maps, and hop-growing equipment to gain more insight into the workings of a Kentish hop farm and the people who worked on it.

Related talks

  • 6 October -  Dr Peter Darby (British Hop Association) - “Hops in Kent – the first 1000 years”
  • 20 October - Dr Frank Gray (Screen Archive South East) - “Working on the Land - Kent on Film”
  • 27 October - Geoff Doel and John Morgan (with live performance of traditional folk songs) - “Hopping Down in Kent”

All talks start at 6:15pm in the archives search room at the Kent History and Library Centre.

Cost per talk: £5
We recommend booking to guarantee a place.

To book a place, please call 03000 41 44 04 or email libraries@kent.gov.uk.