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About Dinah Iredale

About the Author who brought the Bondagers to life.
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The credit for my interest in the Bondagers must go to Mr. And Mrs Turnbull of Coldingham. They first introduced me to the Bondagers in 1972 when as a young teacher they provided me with digs at short notice. They enjoyed sharing their memories of the Bondagers who worked on farms in the Scottish Borders and as a girl brought up on a small family farm in Yorkshire I felt an immediate empathy with these women workers. I was particularly fascinated by the description of their working costume which always included a 'muckle hat'.

As the years have gone by I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting so many lovely, friendly and interesting people who have shared their life experiences or those of their parents. Everyone has a story to tell.

I feel so honoured, to now have this wonderful collection of memories and photographs to ensure that these hard working women have a permanent place in our history.

Having spent so many years researching the Bondagers and the Bondage System, making a film and bringing this part of our history to life has been very rewarding and quite magical. 

The organisational skills and creative skills needed to achieve this are much appreciated. Alysoun, of Shadowcat Films, and her team are to be admired and thanked for their dedication to the project.