A new exhibition will look at the rich and varied agricultural past of Doncaster, and will uncover hidden stories from the area’s landowners and labourers.
‘Life on the Land’, which is open now at Cusworth Hall until the September 18 2016, will showcase Doncaster’s agricultural past. There are items on display from the unique collections of Doncaster Museums, Doncaster Archives and a never before seen private collection.
These include agricultural artifacts and iconic images that characterise Doncaster’s rural past, and a small but important private collection from a local farming family, which collectively offer new insights into ‘Life on the Land’. The exhibition explores key themes in rural history, including agency, agricultural work and workers, housing conditions, innovations, and the relationship between town and country.
Agricultural and rural history
The exhibition is based on the original research of its curator Dr Sarah Holland, from The University of Nottingham.
Dr Holland specialises in agricultural and rural history. She speaks at national and international conferences about her research, and has published articles in the field including one on the evolution of the Doncaster corn market. She is currently completing a book on the rural history of the Doncaster area as well.
Dr Holland said: “Historically over time, Doncaster has become synonymous with Romans, racing, railways and coal mining. However, Doncaster was once a vibrant and important agricultural district – a centre for innovation, experimentation and trade.
‘A fascinating and important history’
“The vestiges of this important trading centre can still be seen in Doncaster’s architecturally notable market buildings. This exhibition will enable people to experience the often hidden, but fascinating and important history of Doncaster’s agricultural and rural past.”
For more information email the curator at firstname.lastname@example.org, visit her blog at https://sarah.holland3012.wordpress.com or follow her on Twitter @DrSarahHolland
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