Project Title: The Romany Woodsman
Applicant: Antony B. Hill – Ruff Around The Hedges
Grant Awarded: £2000
A living history exhibition of traditional outdoor living in the form of a Romany settlement set in the early Edwardian Era (~1900). The exhibit will bring to life the way my ancestors lived whilst working in the woodlands of the Dearne Valley at the turn of the century, particularly Worsbrough and Clayton.Representing an historic culture, heritage and traditions for all to see and learn more about.
Run down of the day’s events;
Exhibition – A living history display of a traditional Victorian/Edwardian Romany woodland settlement.
Food cooking over a campfire in front of the bender tent shelter, tethered pack horse and us crafting items synonymous with gypsy people & woodsman.
Activities; Basket weaving and peg making by the campfire, traditional fire starting methods and den building in the woods.
Talks; An exciting and vivid oral history of Romany people’s culture, their migration out of India to the British Isles and their superstitious folk law.
Encouraging the public, schools & community groups to access the Dearne Valley, where they can learn, draw inspiration and get involved.