Raine Geoghegan has mixed Welsh and Gypsy Roma heritage and shares her love of the Bishops Frome area and the many memories, the place and hop-picking, evokes. She talks of stories passed down from her mother, and recites her poetry about the hand-picking days. This full-length interview was recorded as part of from the ‘Stories from the Hop Yards’, part of HLF-funded Herefordshire Life Through A Lens project by local media company, Catcher Media.
Each of the interviews conducted for the film will be made available in full for heritage purposes.
Inspired by the rediscovered Derek Evans photographic collection ’Stories from the Hop Yards’ brims with archive photos and films alongside newly recorded interviews. An essential ingredient of British beer, hops, with their evocative aroma, have been an integral part of county life for centuries. Families would arrive for a working holiday by train, cattle lorry or charabanc. Dinners were cooked over open fires and children picked hops into an old umbrella while their mothers worked at the cribs. Pickers, farmers, traders and brewers come together in this first film in the Herefordshire Life Through a Lens project to recount tales of hop-picking days, past and present.
The film and touring photographic exhibition will bring previously unseen work by local photographer Derek Evans and his studio out of the archives and into the community. The first in a series of exhibitions is inspired by the hop-yards of the county, featuring both archive and contemporary images created by students and staff from Hereford College of Arts.
The archive is also being catalogued and thousands of images are being digitised by project volunteers and uploaded to herefordshirehistory.org.uk so that everyone can appreciate the work of The Derek Evans studio, and through it their own unique heritage.
Herefordshire Life Through A Lens is a Catcher Media project in partnership with Herefordshire Council’s Libraries, Archive and Collections, and Learning and Achievement Services.