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.
- 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.
- 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.
We recommend booking to guarantee a place.
To book a place, please call 03000 41 44 04 or email email@example.com.