Hopping Down in Kent

Celebrate the rich hop-picking culture of Kent through literary accounts, descriptions by hop-farmers and hop-pickers, songs and photos. In particular we’ll explore the role of the migratory Londoner & Traveller hop-pickers who came each Autumn for ‘a holiday with pay’ and developed a distinctive and colourful lifestyle.

Study Day: 20 June 2019

Thursday: 10.30 – 16.30

Course code: 18TON388

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Celebrate the rich hop-picking culture of Kent through literary accounts, descriptions by hop-farmers and hop-pickers, songs and photos. In particular we’ll explore the role of the migratory Londoner & Traveller hop-pickers who came each Autumn for ‘a holiday with pay’ and developed a distinctive and colourful lifestyle.

This study day celebrates the rich hop-picking culture of Kent over 400 years through literary accounts, researched descriptions by hop-farmers and hop-pickers, press cuttings songs (sung ‘live’ by the tutor) and archival photos and films.This is not a technical or scientific examination of hop-picking, but rather an attempt to explore an evolving seasonal way of life and its influence on those involved and on the Kent landscape. In particular we’ll explore the role of the migratory Londoner & Traveller hop-pickers who came each Autumn for ‘a holiday with pay’ and developed a distinctive and colourful lifestyle.

Additional information

This Study Day is suitable for all, no prior knowledge is required. It allows you to spend time exploring a subject for interest, among like-minded people, without formal assessment. 

Suggested Reading

Doel, Fran & Geoff, The Hop Bin (The History Press, 2014)

Lawrence, Margaret, The Encircling Hop. (Sawd,1990)

Intended learning outcomes

  • to gain an insight into the rich hop-picking heritage in Kent. 
  • to be able to research and analyse the material available on the subject.
  • to discuss the social, economic and environmental implications of hop-picking.

      About the tutor

      Dr Geoff Doel has a PhD on Thomas Hardy and lectures on literature and history. He is co-author of 15 books and has made several television appearances.

      Location

      Tonbridge
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      £ Cost

      £42

      Contact

      Tonbridge Centre
      tonbridgeadmin@kent.ac.uk
      +44(0) 1732 352316