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This project has been about connecting the Museum’s craft collections with the people, skills and places associated with rural crafts in the countryside today. During 2006-7, ten very different craft subjects were filmed in different parts of the country. We recorded the processes and talked extensively with the craftspeople to discover more about the present and future prospects for rural craftsmanship in the twenty-first century.

Short extracts from each of the films can be viewed from the links below. Fuller exhibition versions can be seen in the gallery at the Museum and the complete footage is available for reference in the Museum archive.

dry stone walling
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Left: Trevor Austen, hay rake maker of Smeeth, Kent
Right: Alan & Steve Brown, hurdle makers, Wool, Dorset