header bar


This project was a wonderful excuse to roam the countryside and spend time with some fascinating people in some glorious locations. It was a journey of discovery and I think all of us involved felt enriched by the experience.

I am very grateful to all the craftspeople we filmed for their cooperation, patience and good humour. Together, we have captured a little piece of the present to hand on to the future.

Thanks also to the filmmakers – particularly Adrian Bowles of Motivation, with Mark Insoll the cameraman and Simon Wood, ‘Woody’, on sound. For the wheelwright film, I am indebted to Tim, Ollie and James, who together comprise Fleet Films.

The project was made possible by a grant from the Designation Challenge Fund administered by the Museums Libraries and Archives Council under its Renaissance programme.

Roy Brigden
Museum of English Rural Life

Renaissance logoMuseums Libraries Acrhives logo
The crew
the crew

Top: Adrian Bowles and the Motivation crew shooting the dry stone walling film
Bottom: The Fleet Films crew