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Scottish Museum of Rural Life - archive photographs

National Museums of Scotland

A link to the Scottish Museum of Rural Life Thu, 01 Aug 2013
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Very good news!

The National Museums of Scotland have set up a link to The Bondagers' website.  This link is found in The Scottish Museum of Rural Life section - archive images.

National Museum of Scotland Rural Life Image Archive

The archives images are so interesting - lovely selection - well worth a visit.

Milfield Saddler

The Milfield saddlers showing off their work. Tue, 16 Apr 2013
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 A wonderful photograph showing the number of collars, saddles, bridles and other leather straps needed to keep the horses working in the Milfield area ( about 1900).  The men are rightly proud of their craftmanship.

Crookham Westfield

The bondagers seem to have 'accidentally' got into the picture! Tue, 16 Apr 2013
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Whilst visiting the exhibition about the history of Crookham I was delighted to find these two 'cheeky' bondagers.

I particularly liked the way they seemed to have come round the corner just at the wrong moment!  The photographer had posed another lady at the front of his photograph. She is carrying a pail of water or watering can and is standing on what is now the busy A697.

Arthur J. Munby writes about the bondagers in his diary

Arthur Munby writes about the bondagers and their work Sun, 24 Feb 2013
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Arthur Munby says 'The bondager is strictly a servant in husbandry: she is hired to do outdoor work, and that only.  If there is nothing to do in the fields, she often helps to do the dirty work of her master's house(the hind's) or her master's master's house(the farmer's); just as at Halton I saw the bondager busy at the washtub:  but she is not bound to such trivial tasks: she may lounge about like a lad and whistle or snooze until she is ordered afield.'

I like the description of her lounging about like a lad! Interesting that he chooses 'trivial'  when writing this comment about washing!

Labouring Life in the Victorian Countryside - Pamela Horn page 256 -  Vol. 21 Munby Diaries - Trinity College Cambridge.

Barbara Hay - Bondager at Rothbury

Newspaper articles about Barbara Hay who was a bondager in Northumberland. Wed, 09 Jan 2013
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Tina Mulvey who runs The Gene Wizard at Hay Farm has kindly provided me with information about Barbara Hay who was a bondager in Northumberland - Westnewton and later in the Rothbury area. Thank you to Barbara's grandson for giving permission for these articles to be included on our website.

A Bondager in Norham

An interesting photograph showing a threshing day. Wed, 21 Nov 2012
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This is a very interesting photograph as the people are actually working rather than posing for the camera.  Notice the bag of corn and the measuring scoop.  Also the pile of coal for the steam engine. I think there is a second bondager opposite the one with her back to the camera. She is busy and bending over so we can see very little of her.

Contact from the Dalkeith area

Love to be in touch with you! Fri, 02 Nov 2012
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We received a message re a showing of our film in the Dalkeith area but unfortunately there were no contact details enclosed with the message.

Please let us have contact details and we will be in touch.

Future showings of the film!

Dates for your diary.... Mon, 10 Sep 2012
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The film is continuing to get a great response! If you haven't had a chance then why not come and see us at one of the following?

21st September - Alnwick - Bailiffgate Museum - 7.30pm (Entry fee TBC)

27th September - Cornhill - Village Hall - 7.30pm £3

5th October  - Rothbury - Jubilee Institute - 7.30pm £3

6th October - Paxton House - 7.30pm £5

26th October - Etal - Village Hall - 7.30pm £3

2nd November - Belford - Ferguson Hall - 7.30pm £3 (Featuring a special guest!)

A wonderful turnout...

Thanks to everyone who came to the Lady Waterford Hall in Ford... Mon, 10 Sep 2012
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Thank you to everyone who came to see the film 'The Forgotten Workers' at the Lady Waterford Hall in Ford this Sunday. We had a wonderful day showing the film and talking to people about the bondagers. On such a fine day, after the summer we've had, we weren't sure how many people would want to be indoors, but were delighted that so many people decided to come! Anyone who missed the film on this occasion, keep an eye on this blog as we'll be publicising more upcoming showings. 

Come and see us this weekend!

... at the Lady Waterford Hall. Thu, 06 Sep 2012
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Just a quick note about this weekend. 'The Forgotten Workers' will be part of the Heritage Open Days. Over 80 properties throughout Northumberland will be opening their doors for free and we're delighted to be part of this. On Sunday the 9th 'The Forgotten Workers' can be seen at the Lady Waterford Hall in Ford. Entry is free. Alysoun Sharpe (Director/Producer) and Dinah Iredale (Screenwriter and author of the book 'Bondagers') will be there to answer any questions. The film will be shown twice, once at 11.30am and once at 1.30pm. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Exciting news!

Nominated for a National Park Award Tue, 04 Sep 2012
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Today we were delighted to find out that the film ‘The Forgotten Workers’ has been nominated for a National Park Award. The awards are designed to recognise excellence within different fields of work in the National Park, including the preserving and promoting of heritage. As soon as we have more details we will share them with you. 


A very warm welcome to the new website goes live! Sun, 02 Sep 2012
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After the completion of the film ‘The Forgotten Workers’ I decided that I would like to update my Bondagers website. This was partly due to the size of the film project which I felt deserved a special place on the site. I thought that many visitors to the website would like to learn more about the project and the team of people who made it all happen, such as the technical team, the characters, the language used and also hear what it was like to be involved. We were lucky enough to have some fantastic photographs taken throughout filming by Adam Fletcher (Jim), Rebekah Riseborough (Sally) and Fergus Rae. I felt these pictures would also make a great addition to the site.

I’m delighted to be able to welcome you to the all new I hope you enjoy looking around the site.