Marsh workers of the Broads

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    Authors & editors

    Mace, Paul [Author]

    Publisher Broad Reed and Sedge Cutters Association
    Year of publication 2009

    English (main text)

    Medium Book

    People and communities > People, families & firms


    Scope & contentThis booklet attempts to capture the essence of the traditional marsh jobs of the Broads. It looks at the lives of individuals who have been involved with shaping the history and landscape of the Broads. A description of each vocational section is given first, followed by an informed narrative recreating a typical day from the past. Each section concludes with summaries of the individuals' lives and experiences. The booklet accompanied two DVDs produced for the project (not available at the Mills Archive). The Marsh Workers of the Broads project was funded by the HLF to highlight endangered and sometimes extinct occupations. It revealed their importance in the heritage and evolution of the Broads landscape and economy. The project aimed to preserve traditional skills and record social history providing a unique insight into the lives of the individuals featured. Vocations, crafts and skills featured: Coypu man (1930's to 1988); Reed and sedge cutters; Thatching; Decoy man; Gamekeeper; Eel fisherman; Marshman; Broads farmer; Wherries and watermen; Millwright - an interview with Vincent Pargeter; Reserve workers.

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    Accession no. 230125

    • Shelf location: A4 S 05 RURAL LIFE AND AGRICULTURE
    • Donor: Vincent Pargeter Collection
    • Notes: This book contains recollections and a biography of Vincent Pargeter, millwright.